Rustburg’s volleyball team, like many of the school’s women’s sports teams, has been dominant all year and on Saturday at the Salem Civic Center, they looked to dominate again. Saturday, they took on Tabb County for the 3A State Championship.
In the first two sets, Rustburg jumped up and never looked back, dominating by scores of 25-15 and 25-17.
“We played our best the first two sets not giving away points and we played as a team,” said Rustburg senior Kate Hardie. “Our defense was strong and did amazing,” she added.
Set three was a different story. Rustburg started making some errors which gave Tabb a chance to pull ahead and take the set 23-25. “We got overconfident in the set,” Rustburg coach Kristen Hardie said. “We made errors that we shouldn’t have made, but in the end, we pulled it out.”
Going into set four, the girls looked focused and ready to finish the match. With help on the corners from Eden Bigham (16 kills, 6 digs, and 2 aces), Kate Hardie (26 kills, 17 digs, and 3 aces), back row hitter Delaney Scharnus (1 ace, 10 digs) and front row middle Meah Coles (40 assists, 15 digs, and 2 aces) they pulled out set four 25-16 to win back-to-back Class 3 state championships.