6A South Region
First Colonial 3, Granby 0
Despite a conveyor belt of injuries, the Patriots (18-8) have hit their stride this postseason.
Rowan Ennis tallied a game-high 21 kills, 11 digs and two blocks as the Patriots swept the Comets 25-16, 25-10, 25-7 in a region quarterfinal on Monday at Granby.
“I think everyone has adjusted well,” said Ennis, committed to UC Santa Barbara. “Everyone knows every position. Nobody wants our season to end.”
Ariana Davies-Hackenberg, filling in for the injured Brie Severino at setter, recorded 34 assists. Kenzie Hohman and Celia Greco had five kills apiece. Greco added 10 digs and three aces.
First Colonial, which is missing four key players due to injury, benefited from fast starts, beginning each set with a 4-1 lead. A constant barrage of well-place serves kept Granby off balance and out of system. The Comets, champions of the Monitor-Merrimac Conference, never found a rhythm.
The defending 6A state champion, First Colonial is playing the underdog role in these playoffs. And while players think of 2015 as a new season, they don’t forget their crowning achievement.
“Everyone knows that feeling and everyone wants it again,” Ennis said.
First Colonial visits James River in a Wednesday semifinal.
- Ray Nimmo
Kellam 3, Grassfield 0
Lauren Baumgardner delivered 27 assists, Anna Salasky had 10 kills and the Knights beat the Grizzlies 25-9, 25-17, 25-9.
Allison Clark had seven kills and Tori Morris had six blocks for the Knights, who host Colonial Forge in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
5A South Region
Princess Anne 3, Warwick 0
Ashley Burgess had 26 service points, Alyssa Presto added 30 assists and the Cavaliers swept the Raiders 25-8, 25-6, 25-13.
Peyton Washington had five kills for Princess Anne, which will host Menchville in today’s 7 p.m. semifinal.
Menchville beat Hickory 3-0 in the other quarterfinal.
4A South Region
Grafton 3, Great Bridge 0
Jamestown 3, Deep Creek 0
Conference 27 tournament champion Deep Creek and runner-up Great Bridge were eliminated from postseason contention, each falling 3-0 to Peninsula powers Grafton and Jamestown.
5A South Region
Maury 3, Gloucester 0
Shane Limbaugh tallied 11 kills, seven blocks and three digs to lead the Commodores past the Dukes 25-19, 25-15, 25-12.
Maury’s Andrew Lyons had nine kills, while Charlie Seerden chipped in 26 assists and seven aces.
Maury will play Princess Anne in today’s 5 p.m. Eastern Section final.
The result will determine seeding for the state semifinals. The winner will play the Western Section champion on Thursday, but that match has no bearing on seeding.
Princess Anne 3, Menchville 0
Chase Howard had 14 kills to lead the Cavaliers past Menchville in straight sets, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11, in this region quarterfinal. Courtland Scharenborg had 4 kills and 36 assists while Josh Best added 7 kills for Princess Anne.
St. Stephens/St. Agnes 2, Norfolk Academy 1
Jordan Wiley scored two minutes into the second sudden-death overtime to lift St. Stephens in a quarterfinal win at Norfolk Academy.
Jay Wetmore gave the Bulldogs (18-3-1) a 1-0 lead when he scored off a throw-in from Dillon Jacob in the 43rd minute.
“We had a great season,” said Norfolk Academy coach Sean Wetmore, whose team had 17 seniors. “The loss really stings, and we’re disappointed because we had goals to win a state championship. But at the end of the day it comes down to relationships and these guys cared about each other and played for each other, and it was a very successful season from that standpoint.”