After the regular season and the district tournament, Stone Bridge is one day away from winning the Virginia Class 5C region and making it to the state tournament. After 24 wins in a row, the Bulldogs are unstoppable, but the team can not stand it.
"In the second half of the season, we were very focused on getting the most important game to be the next," said head coach Jill Raschiatore.
The balanced attack of the Bulldogs makes it difficult for opponents to defend the ball. Five Bulldogs have recorded 100 or more kills this season. Hall Boyles is only three kills away to become the sixth bulldog to reach the century mark this season.
"Our setter can distribute the ball because I have more weapons and more options in the front row," Rashiatore said. "Instead of teams being able to engage with one player, we can spread our attacks and keep other teams out of the system."
Stone Bridge has been under pressure since the beginning of the season. The conquest of a state championship in 2015 and a second place in 2013 has raised expectations in their community and across the country.
"That bothers me because every team is new and the girls have to earn it every year," Rashiatore said. "I do not know if that's sometimes a blessing or a curse, but they come in from August and feel like they have targets on their backs because girls wore the same shirt [in previous seasons],
The Bulldogs hit Freedom-South Riding on Wednesday in the region after defeating Briar Woods in straight sets. Two of these sets, however, went into the duels. Stone Bridge has already defeated the Eagles three times this season.
1st stone bridge (27-1) Last placing: 1
The Bulldogs went into the duels in two of the three sets to beat Briar Woods to advance to the regional final in Virginia 5C.
2nd Flint Hill (27-1) LR: 2
After the Huskies the Independent Student League and the D.C. Having conquered Metro City Championships, they receive a triple crown by winning the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association title.
3. Loudoun County (26-1) LR: 3
The Raiders play against Virginia 4C against Fauquier on Wednesday in the regional final.
4. Northwest (14-1) LR: 4
The Jaguars will play Wootton in the regional semi-final on Wednesday. Their previous match had the only mistake in Northwest's record.
5. Atholton (18-2-1) LR: 5
After the 3: 0 victory against Reservoir 3: 0 the Raiders went into the final against Centennial.
6. Chantilly (26-0) LR: 6
The Chargers got an automatic mooring at the Virginia State Tournament after defeating last year's Class 6 champion Langley 3-0.
7. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (19-1) LR: 7
The barons meet Whitman Wednesday during the regional semi-final.
8. Paul VI (27-4) LR: 9
Although the Panthers on Monday at the D.C. Metro City Championships were lost to Flint Hill, they squeezed Holy Cross last weekend to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament.
9. Magruder (20-1) LR: 10
The Colonels face a tough challenge over Westminster Wednesday in the regional semi-final of Maryland 3A.
10. Middleburg Academy (25-4-1) LR: NO
The dragons play in the VISAA Division III quarterfinals on Wednesday.
out favor: Washington Lee
On the bubble: Northern, Westfield