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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Spartans complete Black–Hawks sweep
Both Jasmine Jones and Desiree Claxton will have reason to celebrate on Friday. But advancing to the state volleyball championship won’t be in their plans.
The Brooke Point duo played their final high school match last night as the Black–Hawks fell to visiting Broad Run for the third time this season by a 3–0 score (25–10, 25–14, 25–23) in a quarterfinal contest.
“We fell short in the beginning because we didn’t come together as a team,” said Claxton, who will be signing a letter of intent to attend East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University in the fall. “[In the third set] This is it; if we lose it, we’re done. Maybe something clicked in everyone’s brain—that this could be over. So we tried our best.”
Jones, who will be receiving her athletic scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, described Broad Run as “beatable” and wondered what might have happened “if we played our game and everybody did their job.”
With the season on the line, the Black–Hawks (14–11) gave the Spartans all they could handle in the third game. Falling behind by a
7–4 score, Brooke Point rallied to tie the score at 13-all. The Black–Hawks never gained the lead, but closed to within one point at 21–20.
“Even though we played them in the beginning of the season, I expected them to be better,” Broad Run coach Ellen Roberts said. “Hoping we got better too, so I didn’t know what to expect.
“They definitely picked up their game and got a little relaxed. Props for them for not giving up.”
Broad Run needs a victory in Thursday’s semifinal round at home against Tuscara to ensure the Spartans of their first-ever trip to the state playoffs.
Elise Dumouchelle and Rachel Hendricks paced the winners with 11 kills apiece.
The Black–Hawks did not have their “A” game at the start and that was needed to contend with a team like the Spartans.
“They’re solid and they’re deceiving,” Brooke Point coach Terri Starliper surmised. “They line up and it looks like we tower over them. But the girls’ technique and defense are good and everyone has ball-handling skills. And they look for the open spots and they put it there.”
Kailah Boateng and Jones were the kill leaders for the Black–Hawks with seven apiece. Jones also had three blocks, while Claxton contributed six kills and 18 digs.
Although five seniors graduate from the Conference 15 championship team, a legacy has been left for others to follow.
“In the second half of the season we got into our groove and our synch. We got some recognition and showed we could play volleyball,” Starliper said.
Next month, Jones and Claxton begin their fourth seasons playing together with the FJVC travel team based in Fredericksburg.
“Overall, we had a really good season and we accomplished what we never expected to accomplish,” Jones said. “It’s a good program and I’m proud of the team.”