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Herndon Volleyball Competing at Districts

Hornets are No. 4 seed at postseason tourney.

The Herndon High girls’ volleyball team concluded the regular season last Thursday night, Oct. 28 with a three games to none match win over visiting non-district opponent Edison. The victory gave the Hornets (8-7) a winning record going into the start of this week’s Concorde District Tournament.

Herndon, the No. 4-seed at districts, was scheduled to host No. 5 Westfield in a quarterfinals round match earlier this week on Monday, Nov. 1.

The winner of that meeting was to advance to the semifinals and also earn an automatic seeding at next week’s 16-team Northern Region tournament.

Herndon High senior setter Hannah Smagh, a team tri-captain, recently earned First Team All-District recognition, as voted on by the coaches. All-District Second Team honors went to seniors Mia Chernick (tri-captain) and Mariah Savage.

And Emma Broderick, a senior tri-captain, was voted All-District Honorable Mention.

“Our team has competed well all season and proven they can compete against any team in the region,” said Herndon head coach Pat Smith. “We have struggled with unforced errors all season and have lost several matches due to our own errors, not the other teams’ great play. Our hope is that the team that has continued to improve all season will come together and put their best effort into the post season.”

Smith said her hard-working squad never stops hustling.

“The team has shown a lot of heart and has competed against excellent teams without giving up,” she said. “We have battled back from two sets down to win and I think that shows a lot of determination. Our co-captains have done a good job of setting good examples and leading the team on and off the court.”