'Endless' Wins For Hill, Lakes

Flint Hill took the girls’ volleyball title Saturday at the Endless Summer volleyball tournament Saturday at the Virginia Beach Field House. Photo by Jason Norman

No matter how strong a player's conditioning is, no matter how powerful the teamwork on a squad may be... five volleyball matches in less than 12 hours is tough on anyone.

But hey, if it helps Flint Hill to a third straight Division I state title this year, chances are that the Lady Huskies will call it all worth it.

"These girls are competitors," said Hill coach Carrol Anderson after her girls took the 32-team Endless Summer tournament title Saturday at the Virginia Beach Field House. They have heart, and they want to win. They can rest later!"

The Lady Huskies knocked off Oscar Smith, Ocean Lakes, Northeastern, and Deep Run before hanging on for a 25-17, 25-23 win over Cox.

"We worked really hard in preseason," said Hill senior Marilyn Peizer, "getting in shape and everything, so we were up to the challenge. We have faith in each other, in the sense that in a pinch, everyone's going to do their job, even if we have to make adjustments."

Cox rookie coach Morghan Bosch, whose Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club organization helped create the event, will attempt to lead her squad to a second consecutive Eastern Region title this year - and along the way, they may have to re-visit Princess Anne, Great Bridge, and Indian River, who the Lady Falcons defeated Saturday.

"Whatever we can do to prepare for November," said Bosch, whose squad also beat Jamestown, "is my number-one goal, and the girls' number-one goal. We focus on getting better. My goal for the girls is that, from the second they step on the court at the beginning of the day to the second they step off at the end of the day, to get better. We played the type of defense that we've been practicing. I was very happy with today."

Over at the Tidewater Volleyball Center, Ocean Lakes took the male title, knocking off reigning regional champ Great Bridge, along with Bayside, Salem, Cox, and Booker T. Washington.

"We played with a lot of intensity and passion," said Lakes coach Heath Boomer. "The kids really fought in the end. I got a great bench that did a great job giving the other players rests, so the kids were able to give their best late in the day. We expected to come here and really compete. The kids are coming into their own and doing a very good job."