Lady Saints stopped in final

Published 9:59 pm Monday, November 8, 2010

Nansemond-Suffolk’s Kaylor Nash plays a Cape Henry serve during the Tidewater Conference Tournament final Saturday night. Cape Henry won 25- 17, 25-8, 25-15. NSA plays in the state tournament quarterfinals at The Madeira School in McLean Tuesday.

NORFOLK — Nansemond-Suffolk’s nine-match winning streak came to a definite halt against top-seeded Cape Henry in the girls volleyball final of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools Tournament Saturday night at Norfolk Collegiate.

It was a rout by the Lady Dolphins, who made it back-to-back years with the season and tourney conference titles, 25-17, 25-8, 25-15.

No. 3 NSA (17-8) knocked out No. 2 Norfolk Academy in dramatic fashion Friday. The Lady Saints rallied from two sets down, winning the final set 15-13. Quinby Hines had 50 assists against the Lady Bulldogs. Tori Dail had 23 kills and 10 aces.

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Hines and Dail were named to the All-Tournament Team. Dail, a junior, adds that honor to her first-team all-conference award for the season.

The Lady Dolphins, the defending state champs in Virginia Independent Schools, Div. 2, beat NSA in both meetings of the regular season. Cape Henry was never threatened in the three sets Saturday. The Dolphin hitting kept the Lady Saints scrambling most of the match.

Cape Henry jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the opening set. Led by three straight Dail aces, NSA took an 8-7 lead, for what proved to be the best NSA rally.

Cape Henry answered with an 11-1 run, a rally that in many ways lasted for the next set and a half. The Lady Saints hustled for three or four digs on many points, but they were points the Lady Dolphins still finished with kills.

The Lady Dolphins won 17 of the last 18 points in the second set. From a 6-6 score in set three, the Lady Dolphins ran off five straight points. Kela Bogaard scored with a block and a kill to cut the Cape Henry lead to 14-12. The Lady Dolphins pulled away from there to claim the title.

Dail finished with five kills and five aces. Hines had 10 assists.

Cape Henry goes on to the VIS Div. 2 State Tournament, where it’s the No. 2 seed.

The Lady Saints are the No. 6 seed in the VIS Div. 1 Tournament. They travel to McLean to face No. 3 The Madeira School Tuesday at 5 p.m. The semifinals and final are set for Friday and Saturday at The Covenant School in Charlottesville.