Luray ends 12-4 season as state runner-up

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, April 24 — The Luray High School volleyball team fought hard Saturday afternoon in the 2A state championship, but they couldn’t overcome senior Hannah Steele and the Spartans of Giles County.

The Spartans reached the title game after defeating Gate City, 3-2, in a semifinal. The Bulldogs defeated a tough Poquoson team, 3-1. Both teams entered the championship with only three losses in the shortened spring season.

Steele had 15 kills in three sets, including the final point to claim the 2A state title. The Spartans claimed the championship in three straight sets — 25-12, 25-10 and 25-13.

But don’t let the scores fool you — the state championship was much harder fought than the scores may indicate. There were numerous exciting rallies that made for some long, hard-fought points by both teams.

LHS sophomore Jaidyn McClung recorded seven kills and three aces on the day, while LHS senior and Bull Run District Player of the Year Brynlee Burrill had a half-dozen kills. The Bulldogs saw strong play at the net by senior McKenzie Richards and sophomore Lindsey Bly, who both had several key blocks. Bly and McClung also had a solid day serving as well.

The Bulldogs complete the season at 12-4 and the VHSL 2A runner-up — the best finish of any Luray volleyball team since 2013.

Next season, Giles County (15-3) will drop down one classification and compete at the 1A level.



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