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BC: 2010

FC: Volleyball Rules | Wildcat Volleyball 2010

1: Date Tue Aug, 17 2010 Tue Aug, 24 2010 Thu Aug, 26 2010 Tue Aug, 31 2010 Tue Sep, 07 2010 Thu Sep, 09 2010 Mon Sep, 13 2010 Wed Sep, 15 2010 Sat Sep, 18 2010 Mon Sep, 27 2010 Tue Sep, 28 2010 Thu Sep, 30 2010 Tue Oct, 05 2010 Thu Oct, 07 2010 Tue Oct, 12 2010 Thu Oct, 14 2010 Tue Oct, 19 2010 Thu Oct, 21 2010 Tue Oct, 26 2010 Thu Oct, 28 2010 Mon Nov, 01 2010 | Opponent (A) EMU (H) Central (H) Clarke County (A) Luray (A) Central (A) Clarke County (H) Luray (A) Manassas Park (A) Spotswood Tournament (H) Manassas Park (A) Skyline (H) Kettle Run (A) Liberty (H) Fauquier (A) Brentsville (H) Skyline (A) Kettle Run (H) Liberty (A) Fauquier (H) Brentsville (H) Evergreen Play-in | Girls Varsity Volleyball Schedule Fall 2010

2: Name Sydney Anderson Amber Buffa Rachel Cerretani Katie Dennis Jasmain Ford Alyson Fox Taylor Frazier Nicci Hutzell Robin Mikulak Paige Partlowe Brooke Rutherford Chloe Shreve Lauren Tharpe Patricia Thompson | Position DS/S OH/S OH/S OH DS MH S DS MH OH OH DS DS OH | Year Junior Senior Sophomore Senior Sophomore Sophomore Senior Sophomore Senior Senior Junior Junior Junior Junior | 2010 WILDCATS | Girls Varsity Coach: Scott Wilde Girls Varsity Assistant Coach: Megan Steele | No. 17 25 02 06 01 07 03 28 04 18 05 23 21 18

3: 2010 Wildcats

5: WILDCATS PICK UP VICTORY AT HOME By Jerry Holsworth - sports@nvdaily.com Posted August 25, 2010 FRONT ROYAL -- Tuesday night's volleyball match between Warren County and Central was like watching two people on a seesaw. Both teams jumped ahead early once in each of the first two games, only to watch their opponent make a run to put victory in doubt. In the end, it was the Wildcats, however, who prevailed in both teams' season opener, defeating the Falcons 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20). "Volleyball is a game of momentum," Warren County coach Scott Wilde said. "It shifts and changes. Last year, when this team got down they never came back. Tonight we got down 14-5 in the second game and came back and won the game. That says a lot about the character of this team." But before the Wildcats could show their resilience, they had to demonstrate their ability to hold off a furious challenge. Robin Mikulak and Rachel Cerretani led Warren County on a dramatic run to open play in Game 1. Mikulak scored five of her team-high 10 kills, and Cerretani nailed three of her game-high eight aces to lead the Wildcats to a commanding 11-4 lead. But as the Warren County faithful watched in shock, the pesky Falcons came roaring back. Lindsey Toothman led the way, scoring five of her game-high 11 kills in the Central rally. Olivia Hensley followed that up with a pair of aces, leading the Falcons on an 11-3 run that gave them the lead 15-14 midway through the game. "I'm very proud of these girls," Falcons coach Allison Huckstep said. "We got down early and we could have caved in, but we fought back and got back into the game." Both sides refused to budge after that, fighting though five lead changes and leaving the score tied 23-23. Wildcats hitter Alyson Fox, however, rallied her team with back-to-back aces to give Warren County a hard-fought 25-23 win. Game 2 proved to be just the opposite, as the Falcons jumped ahead 11-4 thanks to an ace by Rebecca Truhan and a pair of blocks by Tiffany Riggs. Central was about to extend its lead to 14-5 before the Wildcats managed to respond. But respond they did against the Falcons. This time, Warren County was lead by Katy Dennis, who scored on three kills in the Wildcats' furious comeback. Mikulak and Cerretani were also involved, hammering home three aces each in the decisive comeback. Before the Falcons could react, Warren County had rallied to outscore Central 13-3 and tie the score 18-18. "We just stuck it to them," Mikulak said. "We got way behind, but we rallied and got the win. I thought that was about as good as I've ever seen this team play. It was really cool." With the Wildcats leading 23-21, Dennis and Fox connected on a pair of kills to give Warren County the win. Although neither team could break away in Game 3, Warren County held the lead throughout. Central narrowed the Wildcats' lead to 21-18 late in the game, but a pair of kills by Fox put Warren County up for good. "I thought both team showed a lot of perseverance," Huckstep said. "Warren County has a strong team this year, but I thought that we did a good job against them. I wanted to see how our team would respond to playing a Double-A team on the road, and I thought they did very well." Warren County registered an amazing 21 aces against Central, and held their service errors to just nine total for the three games. "We're a small team, so we practice serving every day, "Wilde said. "If we're going to have a chance to win, we have to beat the other team at the service line."



9: HOME INVASION: WILDCATS TAKE DOWN HOST EAGLES IN FIVE SETS By Ben Brooks - sports@nvdaily.com Posted September 10, 2010 BERRYVILLE -- Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither will Warren County High School's volleyball program. It's all about taking baby steps, and the Wildcats did just that Thursday night. After seeing host Clarke County rally from a two-set deficit to knot the non-district match, Warren County regained its composure, took the decisive fifth set, and won the match 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9). "I was worried, I'll admit it," said first-year head coach Scott Wilde, whose Wildcats (2-3) have already surpassed last year's win total of one. "This team really needed that. They've been down for so long." In a match that featured several impressive long rallies but also many troublesome unforced errors on both sides, the Wildcats shook off what appeared to be lost momentum with a solid fifth set. Senior hitter Robin Mikulak, who came up big with her serving earlier in the match, made her presence felt at the net with an early kill and a block to help stake Warren County to a 4-1 lead. And though the Eagles (3-3) rallied to tie the score, the Wildcats never trailed after that. Another Mikulak kill stretched Warren County's lead to 6-4. Later, a string of three straight Clarke unforced errors and Rachel Cerretani's kill put the Wildcats one point away from victory. Following a sideout, the Wildcats closed out the match on another Eagle error. Mikulak said her teammates still believed they could pull out the victory even after their two-set lead vanished. "We just realized we had to stay in there," Mikulak said. "We're good at taking losses better this year. We're better at getting things off our shoulders and moving on." "I just told the girls to go out there and hustle if nothing else," Wilde said of his fifth-set strategy. "That was high school athletics at its finest. It was kind of a small crowd, but those who were here were excited." Warren County gave its fans plenty to cheer about in the early going, surviving a tough 25-23 first set and taking advantage of some wholesale Clarke County substitutions in the second. Eagles coach Mary Brune, whose team edged the Wildcats earlier this season in five sets, replaced nearly all her starters for the entire second set. It took a while, but the Wildcats capitalized. Mikulak, who seldom served at all last season, ran off a string of 10 straight points -- three on kills from Brooke Rutherford -- to take a commanding 16-7 lead. "That first game we just couldn't find that area between the net and the line," said Brune, whose team survived a five-setter Wednesday at Stonewall Jackson. "We just didn't hit well tonight, and they hit pretty well. The same girls who made those hits last night just didn't tonight." Warren County had a chance to win the match in three sets. After trailing by as many as five points midway through the third set, the Wildcats pulled within one on two occasions (19-18 and 20-19) only to see Clarke County hold them off.

13: WARREN TOPPLES SKYLINE By Robert Edmonds - sports@nvdaily.com Posted October 15, 2010 FRONT ROYAL -- When Warren County's Alyson Fox raised her arms and blocked a shot from Skyline hitter Kristina Salazar, a loud roar filled the gymnasium as parents and students began to fill the floor. With that score, the Wildcats accomplished an important goal set by the seniors at the beginning of the season. That goal was to beat Skyline before they graduated. Warren County had never defeated the Hawks in their short existence, but that all changed Thursday night. An emotional and intense matchup between the cross-town rivals was sparked with passion from the opening serve. Both teams battled fiercely back and forth throughout the night, but at the end, it was Warren County that was victorious, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23). "I am new to this rivalry, but this win was huge for us," Wildcats coach Scott Wilde said. "I am so happy for our seniors. They had never beaten Skyline. "The first loss I was in to Skyline hurt me, so I can only imagine how they have felt to not beat them. They worked for this one tonight with a lot of pressure, and they made the plays when they needed to." The Wildcats started the night strong behind the play of Fox and Robin Mikulak, who recorded eight kills during the teams' first 16 points on the night. Leading by three, the Wildcats quickly saw their lead erased as Skyline mounted a comeback. The Hawks outscored the Wildcats 10-3 to end the first set and go ahead 1-0 on Tommi Michael's ace to end it. Despite losing the opening set, Warren stayed strong and used the defeat as a springboard. "After we got that first game, we seemed to let up," Hawks coach Lesley Detweiler said. "Maybe we expected too much, I'm not sure, but we let up and they kept fighting. We have had some tough games this year and we struggled again tonight." After edging Skyline in the second set, Warren rolled to victory in the third. With a two-point lead, the Wildcats went on an 8-1 run sparked by Paige Partlow's kill to claim the set and take a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth. "We wanted this game more than anything," Mikulak said. "We didn't get down on ourselves after that first match. We know each other and we pick each other up, and did the things we needed to do. I am really happy." "We don't have a big go-to person like some teams do," Wilde said. "We play as a team and try to get everyone involved. When we can do that, we are at our best. We are able to do what we do." In a game of runs, it may have been Warren who made the biggest run in the final set. Trailing 20-13, it appeared almost certain that there would be a fifth set to determine the winner. The Wildcats, however, would not surrender and went on another 8-1 run, this time to even the score at 21. "We did not want to go to a fifth game," Wilde said. "We have struggled this year at times to come back. Tonight we were able to put it together. We passed really well, our serves were good and we were always attacking throughout the night." The two teams traded points and Warren County found itself with a match-point opportunity when a Salazar shot went into the net, as her team fell behind, 24-23. That is when Fox made the biggest play of the night and the Wildcats began to celebrate their win. "We just wanted this game more," Partlowe said. "We had never beat Skyline before and we as seniors wanted to get this win before we left. We wanted this very much."




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