RICHMOND — Just when it seemed like Loudoun County had been deflated, that a return to glory would be stopped painfully short for a second straight season at VCU’s Siegel Center, the Raiders came alive.
What sparked Loudoun County’s late rally against Hidden Valley (29-5) during a thrilling 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11 victory in Saturday’s Virginia AA volleyball championship?
Taylor Huewe thinks it may have been the stirring speech by assistant coach Jarod Brown, who often uses quotes from the film “Remember the Titans” to push the team to success. Junior libero Kelsey Slack noticed a shift when the Raiders ceased bickering and began believing in each other and offering encouraging words. As for Maggie Phillips, the smiling contest during a fourth-set timeout seemed to do the trick.
Ultimately, it’s an answer the Raiders — winners of 18 straight matches and five state titles in the past six years — may never discover.