Last Tuesday on their senior night, the George Mason High School varsity volleyball team gave their graduating members a fond farewell in what will probably be their last home game, besting Madison County in four sets, 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20.
The front line of Mason dominated the Mountaineers, as senior Bailey Walton led the drubbing of the Mountaineers with numerous kills and blocks on the night.
In the first game, Madison County hung around for a while, knotting the score at 10 apiece. However, Mason began to take control of the set, scoring seven unanswered points en route to a 25-13 victory.
In the second game, Walton’s force at the net was exerted on the entire Madison front line. Mason went ahead 14-7, but Madison began to crawl back slowly, scoring six points in a row to come within one.
However, two kills in a row nearly put the game out of reach. The Mountaineers crawled back to tie the set up at 21 and 22, apiece, and actually took the lead 23-22. However, Mason won 25-33 to take the two-set lead.
In the third and clinching set for the Mustangs, Madison jumped out to an early 3-0 edge, but saw the lead change hands a plethora of times throughout the entire set.
Game three was tied at 11 and 13, before Madison went up 22-16 to take control of the set. However, Mason came storming back thanks in part to powerful serves from the back line from senior Anna Lathrop and sophomore Ashley Dahl, as well as finesse touch hits from senior Annie Zweighaft.
The Mountaineers refused to go down without a fight, though, taking the third set by a slim 25-23 margin. Determined to give their home crowd a win on senior night, the Mustangs clinched the match 25-20 in the fourth game to take the victory.
Before the game, Walton, Lathrop, Zweighaft, and Kate Root were honored as the four graduating seniors for the Mustangs. With the win, they improved to 4-5 in the Bull Run District, and will most likely have to win at Clarke County this Friday to have a shot at a home game in the playoffs.