Spike 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.