The lady Raiders took one more step towards a repeat of last year’s State Championship by sweeping Westover Christian Tuesday night in straight sets 25-21, 25-20, 25-11. The Bulldogs came out strong in the first game, testing the Raiders, but seemed to have the air knocked out of them after giving up the opener by a score of 25-21. The Raiders took control in game two and cruised to an easy victory in game three. North Cross will next play Friday night at 6:00 PM in the semis and if they prevail will move on to the finals on Saturday at 2:00 PM. The state tournament will be held at Covenant School in Charlottesville with all D1, D2 and D3 semis and finals being played there.
Roanoke Catholic also advanced Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Timberlake Christian 16-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-12. Timberlake came out scrappy but eventually was overtaken by the stronger Celtic team. If both Roanoke Catholic and North Cross win on Friday they will meet in the State Finals at 2:00 PM on Saturday in Charlottesville. Roanoke Catholic defeated North Cross during the regular season and is currently ranked #1 in the state with North Cross just behind at #2.