Volleyball: Potomac State headed to national tournament

Catamounts sweep Northern Virginia, repeat as Region XX volleyball champions

Brittney Hozdic
Region XX Tournament MVP Brittney Hozdic, right, of Potomac State, attacks the net with Northern Virginia’s Tiara Jones (2) attempting to block during the championship match Sunday at Garrett College. The Catamounts repeated as Region XX champions with a three-set sweep.

MCHENRY, MD — Brittney Hozdic had eight kills and two blocks and Bailey Godlove added eight kills, eight digs and a pair of aces, leading third-seeded Potomac State to a 3-0 victory over top-seeded Northern Virginia Community College for the Region XX, Division II women’s volleyball championship Sunday at Garrett College.

Coach Martha Ganoe’s Catamounts (24-5) repeated as region champions and earned their second straight trip, and second in school history, to the NJCAA National Tournament. It will be held Nov. 16-18 at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

Hozdic, a freshman from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was selected the tournament’s MVP. Godlove, a former high school standout at Fort Hill, and Ericka Gordon, a former standout at Hampshire, were named to the all-tournament team from Potomac State, which won the final match 25-20, 25-17 and 25-19..

It was a marathon sort of day for the Catamounts, who earlier in the day defeated second-seeded Hagerstown in a five-setter.

“The key match for us was winning against Hagerstown,” Ganoe said. “We felt if we could get that win we would have the momentum to carry over into the final match against NOVA. Hagerstown was our only loss in the region during the regular season and we had previously beaten NOVA twice.

“The girls put everything they had into the games and battled hard for the victories. Brittney was unstoppable at the net against Hagerstown and DeJaha Morris came up with a couple of big kills in the fifth set to give us the momentum to finish off the match.”

In the championship match, Morris had seven kills and two blocks, Kierra Holton four kills and four blocks and Hanna Slider 29 assists, five digs and two blocks for the Catamounts. Devan Day added 15 digs and two aces, Viriya Lim 11 digs and Gordon five kills and four digs.

In the semifinal, Hagerstown won the first set 25-22, Potomac State took the next two 25-15, 25-20, and the Hawks too the fourth to even it, 25-21.

Potomac State won the fifth 15-12.

Hozdic had 18 kills and three blocks, Godlove 13 kills and 12 digs and Holton 11 kills and three blocks to lead the way. Gordon contributed seven kills, two aces and 14 digs, Slider 46 assists, two aces and 14 digs, Morris six kills and two blocks, Day four aces and 26 assists and Lim 12 digs.

“Devan Day and Viriya Lim played well on the defensive end and had some well-placed serves that helped throw off the other teams’ offense,” Ganoe said. “Hanna Slider did an excellent job of running the offense and delivering the ball to her hitters. Bailey Godlove and Ericka Gordon provided excellent leadership on the court and helped keep the girls focused. And our bench players, Annie Fox, Dana Hardy and Kayla Garcia-Madden, helped keep the intensity level and energy up for the girls on the court.

“It was an overall good performance for us and I am very proud of the girls.”