In the animal kingdom, dolphins are ranked among the best swimmers. Ocean Lakes, who’s mascot is the Dolphins, just couldn’t handle the Rapids. James River drowned Ocean Lakes 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday, winning the 6A State Championship Friday, their third state championship in the past six years.... Read more
Colonial Heights coach Mark Lee isn’t always right, but he’s never wrong. Good thing. Under Lee’s guidance and that catchphrase in practice, Colonial Heights boys volleyball team captured the school’s first state championship in any sport since 1986, a span of 29 years. The Colonials defeated Midlothian, 3-1 (25-20,... Read more
In outer space, explosions give birth to stars. L.C. Bird’s reemergence into the volleyball scene started in 2013 with the first-ever Conference 12 championship. Lache Harper was just a role player. This year, using her Skyhawk-like wingspan at 6-1, she exploded on the scene as a senior, leading the... Read more
Everything came together in the playoffs this year for a young Matoaca girls’ volleyball team. The team is gelling more than ever, and they are going further than anyone expected them to. A thrilling five-set victory over Prince George resulted in a berth in the 5A South region tournament.... Read more
JAMES RIVER GIRLS Joe Sullivan is always nervous, at least when it comes to volleyball.  One may think that a coach with such a technical approach and sound understanding of the game wouldn’t be.  “I’m nervous the whole time, I’m always anxious to get here and get things started,”... Read more
In 1994 there was a hit sitcom called Sister-Sister, where Tia and Tamera Landry were identical twins with very different tendencies. While sisters Kendall and Makenzy Johnson aren’t twins, the different tendencies they possess make them dangerous on the volleyball court for James River. The Rapids’ Kendall and Makenzy... Read more
Frink’s record-setting career coming to a close
This week, one of Thomas Dale’s best volleyball players ever will celebrate her last home game in maroon and grey. That is senior Sydney Frink. “She’s one of the best student athletes I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching,” said coach Aariane Hayes. “Sydney is a kid that’s gotten... Read more
Rapid Rise

Rapid Rise

UncategorizedVolleyball September 20, 2015

If you don’t look twice, you’d think coach Michael Blankenbecler is a player on James River’s boys volleyball team. At 25 years years of age, he blends in, but he’s had a successful coaching career including a trip to the state championship game last season. The Rapids are looking... Read more
Soaring to New Heights
Birds of a feather flock together. That’s exactly what the L.C. Bird Skyhawks are trying to do in 2015, build a nest atop of the Conference 12 standings. So far, so good as both the boys and girls have started their season 5-0 as of press time. In recent... Read more
New Kids on the Block
There was a group of new kids on the block in the gold bracket at the Richmond Volleyball Club showcase this weekend: the Monacan Chiefs. The Richmond Volleyball Club’s showcase tournament is the biggest volleyball event in the area with 18 boys teams that came to play for two... Read more