Friday, October 04, 2013

THE WRAP: Atlee, Lee-Davis Split Volleyball Victories....

It was a good night for the road team in another renewal of the Atlee/Lee-Davis volleyball rivalry.

1) Atlee's girls team went to Lee-Davis, coming away with another 3-0 victory. But that final isn't indicative of just how competitive the match was.  Only in the first set did Atlee put on a command performance, taking the lead early and rolling to a 25-14 win.  Lee-Davis responded by leading most of set two, including a set point at 24-23. But Atlee rose to the occasion, winning the next three points to take the set 26-24, and the momentum into set three.

But Lee-Davis (10-5) wouldn't go away, staying a point or two behind Atlee most of the set before the Raiders pulled away near the end and celebrate a hard-fought win at 25-20.

Atlee (12-1) hasn't lost a set since August 31st at the Virginia Volleyball Showcase, winning 25 sets in a row. After hosting Glen Allen Tuesday, the Raiders head to Roanoke for the Cave Spring Tournament, featuring Kellam, the team Atlee fell to in the 2012 state championship game.

2) The Lee-Davis boys walked away from Atlee's gym with another five-set thrilling win, as Carson Caudell and Jordan Lafferty each tallied 19 kills to lead the Confederates to a win by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 26-28, 25-22, 16-14. Eric Rohr led Atlee (7-8) with 22 kills. Lee-Davis moves to 8-4 with the win.

3) Easy night for Hanover and Patrick Henry volleyball as the Hawks girls swept Armstrong (25-5, 25-5, 25-6). Sarah Belcher with two kills and 7 aces for Hanover, breaking their three-game losing skid tonight. The Hanover boys also swept Armstrong 3-0, 25-9, 25-12, 25-15. The Hawks move to 6-3 with the win. Patrick Henry's boys and girls teams swept Thomas Jefferson on the road in three sets, each making quick work of the Vikings.

4) Our one received JV Football Final so far saw Atlee shut out Hanover 35-0.


Friday means Football!

Our WHAN Radio Game of the Week pits 2-2 Hanover at 3-1 Atlee. But this game is much deeper than that, an experience with two of the best student sections in Virginia, thousands descending upon the stadium. It's neighbor versus neighbor, and their only meeting of the year guaranteed, since Hanover is in Class 4A for postseason, while Atlee is Class 5A.

Listen LIVE at 6:30 to Rob Witham's play-by-play coverage of the Hawks and Raiders on 102.9 FM and 1430 AM and also at the link available at!  We will be the ONLY radio station offering live coverage of the game on the FM dial!

But there's more: Lee-Davis (1-3) is in a critical position Friday night traveling to 3-1 Henrico. The Warriors came back to earth, losing 38-14 to Atlee last week in a game where Atlee scored all of its points before intermission and the crowning of the Homecoming Court. But Henrico is talented offensively, led by quarterback Malik White, and should give them a battle at home.  If Lee-Davis falls to 1-4 with Highland Springs, Hanover, Atlee and Glen Allen still ahead of them, their playoff hopes could be in deep trouble.

Patrick Henry (0-4) is still trying to give head coach Jonathan Clark his first varsity coaching win.  It won't be an easy task as the Patriots must face Hermitage (2-2) in Ashland.  The Patriots haven't beaten Hermitage in Ashland since 2005, the last year PH went 10-0 in the regular season.

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