“It hasn’t occurred to us yet that we’re here,” said DeSain. “We have worked hard for so long and it is great to see them at this level and to have the opportunity to reach the state finals.”

TC Williams (16: 0) rose to the first state championship game in program history, which will be played on Friday or Saturday in Virginia Beach. However, getting to that point has been DeSain’s greatest challenge in his six years with the Titans, he said.

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TC Williams’ first three games were either canceled or postponed because opponents had coronavirus issues, and the Titans dealt with players who consistently missed games or exercises due to commitments with their club volleyball teams. Because of the pandemic, the fall university sports season has been postponed by a few months.

“This is traditionally club volleyball season. And right now, all of the teams, including us, are trying to navigate kids playing for their high schools and club team at the same time, ”DeSain said.

TC Williams was fortunate enough to have a deep squad that showed in the win against Saxony (11: 2).

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The Titans took the lead 10-0 in the first set. Although Langley beat TC Williams 16-9 and reduced the lead to three, the Titans withdrew.

In the second set, TC Williams went on an early 6-0 run to take control. Sophomore setter Chloe Wilmot was all over the floor, preparing her teammates for goal attempts while playing defensively.

“Chloe was our most dynamic server over the last week,” said DeSain. “She played a tremendous defense. She dug up balls left and right and enabled her teammates to be successful on the offensive as well. “

Wilmot had a strong connection with junior middle hitter Jill Jones. Wilmot set Jones up repeatedly to get kills in the middle.

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“We definitely cut our connection and it was great to have it as an option,” said Wilmot.

The third movement went back and forth. When Langley took the lead 16-15, the Titans called for time out to regroup. TC Williams used his defense to secure a spot in the title game against defending champion Kellam.

“It’s crazy we got this far,” said Jones. “We have such a close group of girls and it was really fun to play with this team.”

Loudoun County defeated Blacksburg 25:21, 25:17, 25:10 in the Class 4 semifinals. The Raiders will host Grafton on Friday with a chance to win their ninth straight title and 13th in program history.

Freedom-South Riding swept Albemarle, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 to advance to the Class 5 championship game against Hickory, but George Mason fell to New Kent, 25-18, 25-14, 18-25, 25 -17, in class 3 semifinals.