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South Boston News
Bluestone volleyball standout Carmen Sturdifen has been named Player of the Year in Region B, Group A competition by coaches across Virginia. Sturdifen, who led the Lady Barons to a 17-5 season mark and a second place finish in the James River District, earlier was named JRD Player of the Year for the second time. She was among the players in Region B to make the all-region team. / November 14, 2012
The Bluestone girls varsity team suffered a crushing loss in the first round of the Region B tournament last week, falling to George Mason High School of Falls Church in five sets, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 12-15.

The Lady Barons, seeded fourth in the eight-team Region B Division 2 field, welcomed the five seed Lady Mustangs to Skipwith for an intense playoff match that saw repeated shifts in momentum. After losing the first game, the Baron girls came back to take sets two and three, putting George Mason on the brink of elimination.

But the Mason girls were able to regroup in game four, which they won 25-20 to knot the match at two sets apiece. In the pivotal fifth game, the Lady Mustangs staved off a Bluestone charge to advance.

George Mason moved into the quarterfinal round of the Region B tournament to play Goochland of the James River District, a match the Lady Mustangs lost in three straight sets.

The Bluestone girls finished the season with a 17-5 record and second place honors in the James River District.

Against George Mason, the Lady Barons were led by JRD Player of the Year Carmen Sturdifen, who recorded 16 kills — converting 97 percent of the time at the net — and 14 digs. Anahi Trujillo had 21 digs and Breanna Wade and Bridget Bass each contributed 11 digs.

Jessi Covington had a busy night, racking up 119 assists and landing three aces as part of her 100 percent success at the service line. Kelsey Pruett had four aces and a 94 percent success rate on her serves, and Erin Puryear was 100 percent at the service line.

Keri Lenhart added three kills for the Lady Barons against George Mason.

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