—Josiah Huband, Staff Writer—
The Cosby boy’s volleyball team wrapped their season up with a victory last week against their fierce rival James River, winning a big match in a hostile atmosphere 3-1. The Titans earned the third seed in the conference with an 11-5 record. The Titans won their first playoff game and will play at James River with an opportunity to host the state semi final game. Let’s take a look at how the Titan’s season has gone so far.
The Titans opened their season as the number 2 team in the metro richmond area, and they got off to a hot start, winning their first four matches and placing second in the RVC Showcase tournament. They lost to Midlothian 3-2, which was their first loss of the season. They then lost to the undefeated Patrick Henry Patriots 3-0 for their second loss, however they won the Endless Summer Tournament on September 16. The other three losses came to Midlothian, James River, and Deep Run, all of which are ranked within the top 10 teams. Cosby had strong showings against Thomas Dale this season, completing the season sweep of the Knights on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory to qualify for the State Tournament. They also had one of their biggest wins of the season come in the season finale on senior night. After losing the first set to James River, the Titans roared back to take the final 3 sets and win 3-1. The win showed what the team was capable of when they played well in both phases of the game. James Morton lead the way with 23 kills and 2 blocks while Ethan Speicher and Nick Blair both posted 6 kills and 7 blocks.
Next on the schedule for the Titans is their arch rival James River in the regional final. With both teams having already secured a ticket to the state semifinals, this game will decide which team will earn the right to host the game, and which team will have to make the long bus ride to the coastal division winner. The Titans will look to repeat their recipe for success from the last time they played the Rapids and avoid what happened the first time these teams played. Cosby held a 2-1 lead and was looking to escape James River with a big win. However, James River roared back to take the match in 5 sets. Cosby will have to play big up front if they want to win and continue blocking like they have in the past couple games. If they are victorious they will play at home on November 14, against the second place winner of the Coastal region. If not, they will have to travel to the beach. The Titans will then look to continue their quest for redemption from last season’s heartbreaking loss in the State Championship by returning to the title game to finish the job.