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Baron girls finish second in district, advance to regions / November 07, 2012
The Bluestone varsity girls volleyball team finished in second place in the just-concluded James River District tournament and advanced this week to the Region B, Division 2 tournament, where the girls were set to host George Mason High School in first-round action yesterday (Tuesday).

Last week, the girls turned in a stellar performance in the JDR district tournament, besting Cumberland and Amelia in the first two rounds to set up the championship game Saturday against Goochland.

However, the Lady Bulldogs proved to be their usual formidable selves as they beat the Baron girls in the tournament finale, three games to none.

Goochland enters the Region B, Division 2 tournament as the top seed, while Bluestone is seeded fourth in the eight-team field. Two other James River District teams — Nottoway and Cumberland — qualified for the Region B, Division 1 playoffs.

Here is a rundown of the Lady Barons’ march through the district tournament last week:

Quarterfinal round, Thursday

Bluestone over Cumberland, 3-2

The homestanding Lady Barons blanked the Cumberland girls 25-18, 25-14 and 25-20. Statistical leaders were Jessi Covington with 73 assists, Carmen Sturdifen with 10 kills, Keri Lenhart with three aces and a 100% serving percentage, and Bridget Bass and Anahi Trujillo with seven digs apiece.

Semifinal round, Saturday

Bluestone over Amelia, 3-2

The Lady Barons had to dig deep to turn back Amelia in the opening match of the night for the varsity volleyball team. Bluestone took the first set, 25-19, but then lost the next two, 20-25 and 18-25, to come close to elimination in the district tourney.

The Bluestone girls rallied for a 25-22 victory in the fourth set, and with the momentum back on their side, crushed Amelia in the fifth and deciding game, 15-2.

The statistical leaders were as follows:


Anahi Trujillo-93%

Erin Puryear-90%, 6 aces

Keri Lenhart-92%, 3 aces


Carmen Sturdifen-92%, 11 kills

Keri Lenhart-85%, 5 kills

Erin Puryear-89%, 4 kills


Jessi Covington-66


Carmen Sturdifen-7

Bridget Bass-10

Anahi Trujillo-8

Championship match, Saturday

Goochland over Bluestone, 3-0

After struggling to put away Amelia, the girls experienced a letdown against Goochland, losing in three sets, 9-25, 17-25, 21-25. Here are the match leaders for the Lady Barons:


Jessi Covington-91%

Anahi Trujillo-100%, 1 ace

Kelsey Pruett-100%, 1 ace


Keri Lenhart-94%, 4 kills

Carmen Sturdifen-88%, 4 kills

Kelsey Pruett-100%, 1 kill


Jessi Covington-79


Carmen Sturdifen-10

Anahi Trujillo-10

Breanna Wade-3

Keri Lenhart-3

All-District team named

At the conclusion of the tournament, the All-District team was named, with Bluestone’s Carmen Sturdifen taking James River District Player of the Year honors. Making the second team for the Lady Barons were Kelsey Thornton and Anahi Trujillo, while Bridget Bass and Jessi Covington were Honorable Mention selections.

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