It may have taken five sets and it may have been hot. Half, if not more, of Byron Ware’s Charles H. Flowers girls’ volleyball team may not have even wanted to be in the sauna of a gymnasium on Sept. 10 against Bowie, but the Jaguars still came out with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-27, 20-25, 15-7 victory over the Bulldogs.
“It took a little doing,” he said. “But we got there. We got a little tired. I wouldn’t say winded, but it was about 100 degrees in that gym. It got a little hard to concentrate, they were sweating profusely. They would probably have rather been playing under a waterfall or a fountain or something.”
The gym likely looked like a waterfall had descended upon its wooden floors by the match’s end, but that didn’t keep two Jaguars finishing with a quadruple-double stat line, something Ware believes never to have been done before. Dara Harris closed the day with 26 service points, 17 assists, 10 kills and 16 digs while Kaitlan Canty had 14 service points, 12 assists, 10 kills and 13 digs. Still another, Chelsea Beaudion, recorded a triple-double, and libero India Thompson posted a career-high 33 digs.
“Bowie was playing very well, but they got into a little funk and I think they got a little confused over who was taking the ball and how they were taking the ball,” Ware said. “They were having a hard time controlling a high ball that was dropping.”
The Bulldogs are set to face Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday in what is annually the most anticipated regular season match of the season in the county.
As teams go, there may be no legitimate contender to topple Eleanor Roosevelt on the links this season. The individual crown, on the other hand, is not quite so set in stone. Though Bryan Morris has made himself something of a favorite to win the county title again this year, Oxon Hill’s Demarkis Cooper claimed the regular season match at Bowie Golf and Country Club on Sept. 9 with a 2-over-par 72.
Morris shot a 73 while teammates Ishmail Jabbie (75), Andrew Hung (83) and Lance Jewell (85) weren’t too far off the pace to total a team score of 316 for the Raiders. Suitland’s Jahmar Seltzer struggled a bit, according to Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury, but still came in with an 81.