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Volleyball district finals

The highlanders take on the Langley Saxons

Pre-game face-off

Pre-game face-off

Pre-game face-off

Ryan Dahlseid and Julia McElligott

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The McLean Highlanders varsity volleyball team took on the Langley Saxons for a third time this year in the district championship this past Monday. Langley continued their winning streak against the Highlanders in a three set match.
“Tonight wasn’t our best showing for how we have played as a team all season long. We were off on our serve-receive with isn’t normal for us, so we couldn’t effectively run our offense,” said assistant coach Steve Stotler.
While the Highlanders had a bit of a struggle in this match up against the Saxons, they worked hard all season and impressed other coaches in the district.
“I think they came a long way this season, they started off and lost to Yorktown and Washington-Lee, then came back and beat everybody,” said Langley volleyball head coach Susan Shifflett.
Looking ahead to regionals the players are keeping an optimistic viewpoint.
“Every team is beatable,” said Abbi Hobbs, varsity player.
The Highlanders take on Oakton at home on Wednesday in the first game of regionals. After the defeat against Langley they hope to fix their mistakes and make the necessary changes for the game.
“it’s just a matter of can we keep believing and making it click and putting it together,” said Stotler.



Paige Pilewski attacks from the outside

on-court team celebrates the point

Maddie McArthur serve

Principal Reilly is in attendance

Pilewski serve

Maren Kranking and Paige Pilewski up for the block against Saxon

McArthur goes for the kill

McArthur prepares to serve

McArthur hits from back row

McArthur takes flight hitting ball


Julia Green goes up to block

Green sets

team huddle

full team pep talk

Hustle play by McArthur

pregame cheer

Abbi Hobbs comes back to the bench

Steve Stotler sports kilt to the game while coaching

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