The Volleyball Dream Season Continues with a Region Championship Match Tonight

With the volleyball team winning the district championship and a decisive 5th set at Millbrook, they move to the Region championship tonight and already have a guaranteed berth in the state tournament.


Lindsay Fox

Maya Van Wyngaardt crushes a spike against Broad Run.

On Thursday October 27th, Dominion hosted the volleyball Dulles Districts championship game against Broad Run. In just three sets the Titans won their first ever District Championship, winning 25-21, 25-20 and 25-18 in the third set. Now, they will advance to compete for the regional championships. 

Dulles District Coach of the Year Phuong Tat experienced pure joy after the win against Broad Run at home.. “Oh my God. Fantastic. Almost speechless. This was four years in the making. This was our vision. So to finally have it come to life, it feels amazing,” Tat said.

Going into this game the Titans knew it was going to be a tough match against the Spartans, who were 5th in the Dulles District with a record 14-11, but coming off a huge upset at Rock Ridge. 

Dominion took a big lead at the start of the first set, but Broad Run showed to be a worthy opponent and caught up.  It was a close battle to finish off the first set ending at 25-21. In the second set, Titans led at the beginning and continued above the Spartans for the rest of the set ending with 25-20. At the beginning of the third set, the Spartans kept an even game with the Titans, but the Titans got a slight lead and kept it up until the end finishing it off with 25-18. 

Progressing to regionals this year is a huge goal achieved which took a strong mentality and a lot of hard work. “It feels amazing, especially since we lost in districts last year and we got to win this year,” Kaitlyn Demitz said. “It was lots of excitement and trying to think positive.”

Scoring for the Titans against Broad Run is Abby Vasak, helping the team to their first ever district championship. (Lindsay Fox)

Senior Captain and first team All-Dulles District outside hitter Kennedy Seekford wanted to stay focused and prepare for regionals. “We need to stay humble and ready for the big teams who have the same results as us,” Seekford said. 

Since then the team hasn’t stopped their dream season, facing off against the Millbrook Pioneers in the Region semifinals on Tuesday, November 1. This game in particular was crucial for the Titans to win, as the winners in both region semi-final matchups would advance into the 4A Virginia State Tournament. 

The Titans traveled all the way out to Millbrook for a hard back and forth battle. Starting off, the Pioneers took the first set 25-21. As the second set began, the Pioneers were ahead, but the Titans came back and won 25-23. The Titans had a fast start to the third set, but were followed right back by the Pioneers who came back and won 26-24. Titans put in a hard drive to win the fourth set 25-15, as another Millbrook win would finish off the game. Fifth set was a point by point battle, but the Titans triumphed and won 15-13. 

A huge part of going into a game of this extent is the mindset you approach the game with and continue to have the rest of the game. “We were trying to stay very focused and tried to make sure that if we lost a set, we would still stay in it,” Ava Field said. 

Tonight the Titans look to capture their first ever Region championship as they travel to James Wood. A win would mean the state quarterfinal match would be help in Titan Territory.