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VolleyballSpike in Local Talent Serves Rockville’s Volleyball Squad

Team Enjoys Career-High Wins and First-Ever Trip to National Championship

The Rockville women’s volleyball team enjoyed its best season in history last fall, capturing the Region XX tournament title and finishing sixth in the NJCAA National Championship in Rochester, Minnesota. The team’s success is due, in large part, to a contingent of local talent.

Blake High School graduate Hunter Schallhorn ’11, along with former Magruder teammates Tori Kenno and Kim Lam, led the 11-woman squad, solely composed of Montgomery County talent. Setter Missy Langendorff ’11, a Covenant Life School graduate, was the only player who did not play at a public high school.

“Montgomery County is a hotbed of volleyball talent, so our players benefited from intense competition and exceptional coaching in high school. And they all play year-round at the club level. This helped us get in sync much quicker than I anticipated,” said Amir Mafinejad, Rockville’s coach.

The team finished the season with 20 wins—a school record. They defeated Butler County Community College of Pennsylvania in a thrilling five-set victory to capture the Region XX title. Schallhorn, Kenno, Lam, and Langendorff earned All-Tournament team honors. In the national championship, they fell to Nassau Community College (NY) and eventual national champions Ridgewater College (MN).

With several player commitments from local high schools—and a solid nucleus from last year’s squad—Mafinejad expects great things next year for Rockville volleyball.

Former Stars Turn Double Play at Rockville

Coaches Bill Wright and Rick Price
Rick Price and Bill Wright, who played baseball together at the Rockville Campus in the 1960s, teamed up again to revive the campus’s struggling baseball program. Price, who has coached the Gaithersburg American Legion Post 295 for years, asked his longtime friend, Wright, to serve as the team’s hitting coach. Wright coached at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School for 24 years, led his teams to nine division titles, and reached the state finals twice. Wright’s accolades at the College earned him entrance to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Although the Rockville team struggled this year, both coaches believe the team’s facilities and central location will appeal to future recruits.

Germantown Strikes Out In World Series Bid

Sixth-year skipper Dan Rascher’s team fell one game short of a sixth straight appearance in the Division III World Series, losing 6-3 to Westmoreland County Community College (PA) in the Region XX final on May 8. The Gryphons finished the season with a 32-21 record. “We faced some very good pitching this year,” said John Silk, the team’s hitting coach, who attributed the increase in competition at the junior college level to a sluggish economy. Pitching standout Tyler Klitsch will take his season-low 1.91 ERA to Winthrop University in South Carolina next year.


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