SPRINGDALE – The Prince George’s County volleyball regular season came down to two combatants fighting for the right to become the best high school team in the area.
Already champions in their respective divisions, Frederick Douglass and Eleanor Roosevelt fought for a new banner on Nov. 1 during the Prince George's County Volleyball Championships at Charles H. Flowers High School.
The tenacious efforts of the Lady Raiders could not be handled by the Eagles as they swept the championship match in three sets, 25-11, 25-10, 25-19.
After the sweep, Head Coach Scott Fifield was thrilled about his girls’ performance.
“Winning a championship was our goal,” Fifield said. “We knew from day one that this was a really good team. We had a couple of goals. Beating Bowie and winning the league were our others.
“Moving forward to states, we want to generate more offense than we did today. We have a great defensive team, but offensively we have to improve as we move on to the state championships.”
As the championship got underway, the Raiders wasted no time in downing the Eagles. An opening serve by Georgia Baltimore resulted in a dominant ace. Things only continued to get better for the Raiders as they started with an 11-1 run before the Eagles took a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Douglass finally found some success after a great defensive play by Morgan Eugene, as she blocked the ball to make the score 11-2. Despite showing energy after the timeout, the Raiders became too much to handle and went on to win the set, 25-11.
Jourdan Page led the way for the Raiders in the first set with six kills and three aces.
“We felt ecstatic because we had such a really good season and we played great as a team this year. I feel like we deserve it,” Page said.
Following the Raiders’ dominating performance in the opening set, the Eagles wanted to show their opponent that they still had fuel left in the tank.
Douglass opened the second set with an early kill by Eugene and a forced error to make it 2-0.
However, Roosevelt woke up after tying the game at three with a convincing ace from Nia Scott. That led to an 11-2 run for the Raiders that put them up 14-4. The run continued and paid off for a 25-10 second-set victory.
Going into the final set of the night, the Raiders pulled away with an early lead after several serving errors by the Eagles. The Eagles began to show some fight, and late in the set, managed to force a few Raiders errors.
After an error by Leilani Djaouga, the once substantial Raider lead was narrowed to just five (20-15). Although the odds were against the Eagles, they never gave up. An astonishing attack from Eugene was assisted by Antoinette Hall and closed the gap to four.
Despite the late scoring effort from Douglass, the Eagles fell short at the end in the final set. A failed attack by Kadijah Brooks ended the game at 25-19.
The Raiders finished the night with 26 kills and 16 aces.
As Douglass' season comes to an end, Head Coach Angela Alcain is still very proud of her squad.
“Overall. I was proud of my girls,” Alcain said. “The division championship for us came down to points head-to-head and the girls have played through it all to get us here. I’m proud of what they have done.”
Eleanor Roosevelt moves on to the 4A State playoffs and will host Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. on Nov. 6 in the second round.