BETHESDA — Corey Criss slammed an emphatic kill over the net and wagged his finger as the rest of the Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity boys volleyball team gathered around him to congratulate him. Criss’s point was one of many that led the undefeated, defending county champion Wildcats to a 25-10, 25-20, 25-21 victory Monday over the visiting Magruder Colonels (7-4) on Senior Night.
The Wildcats (11-0) established their dominance from the very first set as senior captain Andrew Harper launched several ace serves that the Colonels scrambled to try to return. In fact, Harper started all three sets and helped give WJ the advantage in all but the last set.
“Harper is a great senior leader that keeps things together,” said Walter Johnson head coach Brian Fairall. “He’s a great captain and we rally behind him.”
In addition to established players like Harper and Criss, there are a few younger players on the Wildcats’ squad that are playing with a chip on their shoulder, especially now that the regular season is over.
“We lost a lot of key seniors last year so it’s not the same group coming back,” said Fairall. “We have a lot of younger kids coming into the program that have something to prove, that they can step into those shoes.”