The Prince George girls’ volleyball team faced off against the tough Matoaca team Thursday night.

Matoaca started off strong, and Prince George couldn’t keep up. Although the Royals didn’t appear to be trailing far behind, after too many failed passes and the inability to break Matoaca’s multiple-point runs—without creating any runs themselves—Prince George had put themselves in a deep rut. Matoaca’s cannon-for-arms outside hitters alongside strong serves and skilled sets put Prince George’s passing to the test, and they failed during this set, losing 11-25.

The second set started out better, the Royals now handling their passes and putting themselves in an offensive position. They held their own with Matoaca until they tied at 10-10. The Warriors went on a six-point run immediately after. Prince George responded with their own four-point run. The Royals started putting Matoaca out of position, either forcing their setter to pass or making it difficult for a good pass. This strategy, used intermittently, helped keep the Warriors off kilter. Matoaca then retaliated with a four-point run of their own, putting the score at 14-20. The Warriors continued setting up their strong hitters and took the set 16-25.

Matoaca kept up their stellar performance, powerful hits and strategic pushes by their setter making it difficult for Prince George to keep up, but they did. Steadily improving and utilizing the off-kilter strategy, the Royals were able to set up their offense and keep up. Though they had great moments throughout the game, they were simply out-skilled by the Warriors offense. The Royals lost the third set and match 19-25. Prince George currently has a 5-5 record overall, 4-2 within the conference. The Royals’ libero Haylee Macaraeg had 9 digs. Sonia Tomei-Castro had 9 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs, and 3 blocks.

The boys’ volleyball team had a much better match against the Warriors, playing at Matoaca. They won their match in 4 sets (25-16, 28-30, 25-14, 25-15). Neil Marks had 22 kills, 6 digs, and 5 blocks. David Knipp had 5 aces and 23 assists. Josh Bland had 3 kills and 4 blocks.