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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Top 10 Teams: #7: James River Boys Volleyball

After losing the 2014 Group 6A state finals, James River was determined to take the final step.

One year later, the Rapids did so with a three-set sweep of Ocean Lakes to snare the championship. But in order to keep the title of state champions last November, James River had to defeat the most familiar foe of all.

On the other side of the net stood the Cosby Titans, a team that pushed them in all three of their sets at the Conference 3 Championship, the Rapids winning 25-20, 26-24, 26-24. But more importantly, in a match with everything at stake, even with victories over your rival, no one knows you better than your rival.

Things looked fine for the Rapids, taking the first two sets, but then, the Titans roared back for a 25-20 set three win. It was time for the champions to prove they deserved to keep the trophy, raising their level of play to championship-worthy, and ending Cosby's hope of a comeback to win in four sets in their fifth and final meeting with the Titans to give James River their fourth state championship this decade.

2010, 2011, 2015 and now, 2016. Congratulations to James River Boys Volleyball, our #7 Team of the 2016-17 high school sports season!

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