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September 7, 2012 Published in Other News, Sports

Titan Volleyball Team On A Roll

By: Katie Smythe

Senior outside hitter Sydney Trout leaps for a kill against Edison. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Four games into the 16-game 2012 regular season, the T.C. Williams High School volleyball team remains undefeated.  Opponents have fallen 3-0 in games to the Titans, until last night when McLean managed to win one set but still lost the match 3-1.

Despite graduating 8 players, there are 4 returning starters which helps with strength and continuity.  Others on the 11-player roster moved up from JV.  There are 6 seniors, 2 juniors and 3 sophomores on this years varsity team.

Two standout players for the Titans are seniors Kate Whitmire and Sydney Trout.  Whitmire (Outside Hitter), a 4-year starter on Varsity, led the region in kill attempts last year.  In the first four games this season, she has already racked up 66 kills.  Whitmire has committed to James Madison University after graduating in 2013.

Trout (Outside Hitter), also a 4-year Varsity player, led the team last year in aces per game.  She has 22 kills so far this season, contributing to the Titans’ dominance on the court.

Senior outside hitter Sydney Trout leaps for a kill against Edison. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

According to head coach Michael Burch, the volleyball program has improved over the last three years when he came on as head coach.  Burch pointed out that the varsity team has a core of seniors that have now played together for quite some time.  He added, “We are attempting to tweak a few playing philosophies in order to make us more competitive.”  Their goal this season is to contend for the Patriot District title.

Last year the Titans had an overall record of 12-8 and finished fifth in the Patriot District.  One of the highlights of the 2011 season was winning the Alexandria City Tournament against Bishop Ireton, Episcopal, and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes.  T.C. will try to defend their title in the City championship on Sept. 14 at Episcopal High School.

Burch expects the toughest district opponents this season to be South County and W.T. Woodson.  South County was the regular season champion last year and Woodson advanced to the regional championship.  T.C. will face Woodson (currently 7-2) on Sept. 24 on the Cavaliers’ home court.  The game against South County (4-3 to date) is scheduled for Oct. 18 at T.C. Williams.

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