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Lady Dragons’ season ends disappointingly early with loss to Tabb in region semifinal

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Tri-Rivers District Player of the Year Courtlyn Hawkins goes up against Tabb.
SoVaNow.com / November 07, 2018
The Park View volleyball team, 19-2 on the season, entered VHSL Class 3A East Regional playoff action last week hoping to make it back to the VHSL state tourney for the second year in a row, but it wasn’t to be as the Dragons would fall to a feisty and determined Tabb Lady Tigers team in the semifinal game.

The top-seeded Lady Dragons reached the semifinal by dispatching a sorely overmanned Lady Bookers team from Booker T. Washington High School on Monday, October 29. The Lady Bookers, coming out of Norfolk and playing regular season games in the Eastern District, didn’t know what hit them after the Lady Dragons finished with them. The Lady Bookers were sent home in three straight sets and were only able to muster a total of five points for the match. The Dragons’ convincing wins came on scores of 25-3, 25-2 and 25-0.

Leading the way for the Dragons was Erin Bailey with 20 aces and 13 assists. Bailey also served for all 25 points in the final game. Courtlyn Hawkins nailed 15 kills and two blocks and Deaona Watkins contributed four kills.

Girls lose 3-2 in semifinals

The Lady Tigers of Tabb High School, from southern York County, came calling against the Lady Dragons on Wednesday night with grit and determination on their side. The #5 seed Lady Tigers, 10-9 entering the tournament, had earlier beaten the #4 seed New Kent Lady Trojans in a tough five-set match to reach the semifinal, so they were no strangers to pressure.

The Lady Tigers set the tone early in the first set, breaking out to an early lead. The Lady Dragons were slow to find a rhythm but when they did they quickly reeled the Tigers back by making it a bit of a see-saw battle. With the scores nearly even in the mid-teens, the Tigers put on a clinic and pulled away to win game one, 25-15.

Game 2 was a war with both teams battling hard. Lady Dragon senior DeeDee Cliborne played especially well, executing numerous digs and saves to keep her team in the battle. Senior spiker Grayson Hudson also played well, showing both power and finesse at the net. The teams battled evenly back and forth until the Lady Dragons put it away at 30-28. Dragon sophomore Courtlyn Hawkins took a pretty set from Carson Wall and spiked the ball with authority for the winning point and it seemed as though the Lady Dragons were poised for a comeback.

Tabb head coach Mike Honeycutt pulled his team together between sets and put together a game plan centered around his senior leader Gabrielle Gardner. Even though the Tigers fell behind early, they were able to rally for the game three win 25-15 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match.

As the fourth game commenced, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead and although the Lady Dragons fought hard they couldn’t pull the Tigers back and fell 25-19 to lose the set and the match.

Tri-Rivers District Player of the Year Courtlyn Hawkins recorded 17 kills and three blocks, followed by Deaona Watkins with 10 kills, Grayson Hudson with six kills and two blocks, Erin Bailey with 20 assists and Carson Wall with 10 assists.

The Lady Dragons finished the 2018 campaign with 20 wins against just three losses.

The #5 seeded Tabb Lady Tigers went on to upset the #2 seed Southampton Lady Indians on Thursday to win the 3A East Region title.



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