Williamson sweeps CV for district title
LAWRENCEVILLE - As Williamson closed out a 3-0 victory over Cowanesque Valley for their fourth straight District 4, Class A title on Thursday there wasn't a lot of celebrating.
A few cheers, a couple arms raised, but not the jumping around that usually comes with a district championship.
After reaching the state final last year the Williamson Warriors know what they are capable of, and they are hoping to once again go deep into states.
"It feels pretty good," Williamson's Lori Horton said.
"We didn't play the way we know we can," Janae Rice said.
On Thursday the Warriors defeated CV by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 to win the title.
A year ago Williamson didn't play in the district playoffs as no other teams were .500 so they got the title without a match.
This year there again wasn't a team with a .500 record, but CV, who had the best record of non .500 teams, played for the title.
While the Warriors were happy to have a match this year, they know they didn't play their best.
"It's nice to have a game, but it wasn't our best game," Horton said.
While Williamson is a team that made a state final last year, many of the key players from last year's squad are gone.
"We lost a lot of good players," Horton said.
But, while players were lost, this year's senior led squad has had new people shine.
"We have had a lot of people step up this year," Rice said.
While the team does return all-star Horton, who is the center of attention for opposing teams, she has liked the way everyone on the roster has played.
"It is different," she said of the attention she gets. "But, we all work together well. I always know I have Katie (Haslund) on the outside and Janae as my libero and all the other girls."
And, everything has added up to another successful season for the Warriors.
"It's been a good season," Haslund said.
"It's fun being the underdogs," Rice said.
"A lot of people saw what we lost and thought we wouldn't be as good this year," Horton said.
Now the Warriors are headed back to states.
"It's exciting," Horton said.
And, with so many seniors on the team they know this is their last shot.
"It's nice to go out with a bang," Rice said. "Last year I laughed at all the seniors crying, but I understand now. It's a lot more emotional this year."
And, the experience they gained last year is something Williamson thinks will help them this season.
"We are preparing for teams like Halifax, teams we played before," Horton said. "We've been there the last three years, we know what to expect now."
On Thursday Williamson won two close games, before they jumped out to a big lead in the third game.
Up 13-2 it looked like the Warriors would cruise to the title, but CV fought back, eventually tying things up at 17.
Williamson then scored four straight points, including a pair of aces by Haslund, the first hitting the net and falling over. CV got within 21-19, but a pair of kills from Sierra Magnotta helped them close out the game.
Haslund had 20 points and five aces, with 17 digs.
Horton had nine kills and two blocks and Jessie Patt had 16 assists.
Magnotta had eight kills and Rice had 17 digs in the match.