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Walsingham Volleyball won its first state tournament game in at least a decade, besting #12 seed Broadwater Academy in the first round of the VISAA Division III State Tournament on November 8 in front of a lively crowd in Chismer Athletic Complex. With the win, the #5 seed Trojans will travel to Amelia Academy on Wednesday, November 9 for the quarterfinals. Walsingham improves to 12-10 on the season, clinching a winning record for the first time since 2014.
1st Set: Walsingham 25, Broadwater 19
The Trojans overwhelmed the visitors early, jumping out to a 11-3 lead on a run that included 10 kills and aces. Broadwater methodically closed the gap, cutting the lead to as little as 16-14. Walsingham gradually re-established control, using a 7-3 run to go ahead 23-17. Two key points on long back-and-forth rallies helped Walsingham push the Vikings to the edge, and kill by senior Chelsea Marcombe sealed the set 25-19.
2nd Set: Walsingham 25, Broadwater 23
The Trojans took an early 7-3 lead in the second set, but Broadwater stormed ahead on the back of an 8-0 run to seize control 14-9. Sparked by winning a point off a heroic save by senior Lejla Topcic, who nearly crashed into the Chismer staircase saving a ball, the Trojans used a 7-1 run to move ahead 17-16. Broadwater responded, moving ahead 20-18 and trading points with the Trojans to maintain a 23-21 lead. With their backs against the wall, the Trojans turned to Topcic, who blasted four kills during a 5-1 Walsingham run that won the set 25-23.
3rd Set: Walsingham 27, Broadwater 25
The two teams battled back and forth in the third set, with neither squad being able to establish a sizeable advantage until Broadwater broke a 12-12 tie with a 5-0 run. Walsingham clawed back within two points twice before a 4-0 Trojan run finally pushed them ahead 23-22. Broadwater punched back, winning the next two points and nearly winning the deciding point multiple times during a long rally that Walsingham finally claimed on a Topcic kill to knot the score 24-24. After the teams traded points, Topcic toed the service line and sealed the set and the match with two strong aces.
Submitted by Michael Sherman
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