Washington International School’s volleyball team repeated as Potomac Valley Athletic Conference champions Monday by knocking off Model 3-2 with set scores of 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-27 and 15-5.
“I wanted to keep it up and do my part,” said senior Sophie Almekinders, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
In the fourth set, Washington International felt the most adversity it had in PVAC play all season. The squad found itself trailing and then gave up a point for being lined up incorrectly, falling into a 22-16 crater.
The Red Devils regained their focus, with seniors Almekinders, Isabel Morichi and Ariel Rich pushing the set to a 25-25 tie. Junior setter Carmen Musalem Pinto played a big role during the rally by serving up a slew of straight points before ultimately dropping to Model to go to a fifth and final set. After the loss, Washington International’s players regained their bearings after the earlier mishap.
“They got flustered,” said coach Nicholas Loewen. “But their reaction was great. They got mad and intense, and it carried into the fifth set.”
Washington International rode that momentum to a dominant 15-5 victory to win the match.