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History of Magruder Volleyball

sherri and taylor  Michelle and Lisa with 2009 trophy

State Finalists: 2004, 2009

Regional Champions: 2004, 2008, 2009

Sectional Champions:  2015, 2016

County Champions: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018

Magruder Invitational Champions: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018

MCPS Sportmanship Award: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017

Magruder High School opened in 1971.  At the time very few varsity girls’ sports were offered.  Additionally, the school opened with only 9thand 10th grade students, making fielding varsity teams difficult.  As a result Magruder didn't field their first varsity girls volleyball team until 1974.  At the time girls volleyball was a winter sport and the teams played only 8 best of three matches per season.  The coach during this inaugural season was Peggy Taylor.  While extensive research of school sources has yielded no records for this team, a 1974 school newspaper article refers to their season as a “trying year”.  Without a doubt this inagural group of student-athletes faced the challenges of playing a new sport for a relatively new school with little athletic history.  However, they were the trailblazers of what has become one of the stronger programs in Montgomery County. 

Throughout the 1970’s an 8 game schedule was the standard schedule.  All matches were best of three.  School records from this era are irregular at best with most results that have been found coming from old school newspapers and yearbooks.  Unfortunately if school records for athletic teams were kept they are not available at Magruder.  School yearbooks didn’t consistently post overall team records until the 1979 season.  All other records, partial or otherwise were found using old school newspapers.  1979 was the season Magruder began playing an 11 game schedule.  Later the sport was moved to the fall and a 14 game regular season schedule along with a tournament became the standard. 

The early girls teams also experienced coaching changes with great frequency. Peggy Taylor coached from 1974-1975 and in 1976 future Magruder Hall of Fame Athletic Director Rick Grimsley took over the team for one season.  In 1977 Chuck Bollweg became the varsity coach and served in that role through the 1980 season.   

 The 1981 season saw Paul Hassler begin the first of his two stints as a varsity coach at Magruder and also was the only season Magruder played their home games at  Redland Middle School .  The team posted a 4-7 record.  In 1982 Coach Hassler’s team posted the best record in school history to that point in time with a 7-7 season and made the regional playoffs for the 1st time in school history. Coach Hassler continued as the varsity coach through the 1988 season (by this time the sport had been moved to the fall and a state tournament had begun). 

In 1989 Veronica McCall took over as the varsity coach.  Ms. McCall also coached the successful coed and boys volleyball teams.  Ms. McCall served as the girls coach for several years until Paul Hassler returned.  The highpoint of this time period was the 1995 season where Magruder posted a 9-7 overall record and advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.  At the end of the season Coach Hassler retired from coaching volleyball. 

For the 1996 season Scott Zanni was hired away from Einstein High School where he had been the girls varsity coach for 3 seasons posting a 25-20 record.  The first season was challening in many different ways, but this group of players set the building blocks for future seasons and success. The 1996 season started slowly with both the players and Coach Zanni getting used to each other. However, in the second half of the season, the team rallied to win four of their last 6 regular season matches. 

 Since that time Magruder has never had a losing season (22 consecutive seasons) and has posted 20 straight winning seasons.  That is the longest current streak for all sports at Magruder High School and the longest streak in MNCPS volleyball.   Magruder is one of the strongest volleyball programs in  Montgomery County and the Washington DC area.  Magruder has consistently been ranked by various media outlets among the top teams in Montgomery County.   Since 2001 Magruder has won 12 county titles, 12 Magruder Invitational Championships,  three regional titles and two sectional titles.  The 2004 team posted a 22-3 record, winning the 4A West region and advancing to the first state final in school history. The 2009 team posted a 24-1 record (also a school record) and also advanced to the state finals.   Since 1996 over 30  players have received first, second or honorable mention all-county honors and 35 players have moved on to play at the collegiate level, while several others have played club volleyball for their college. 

Year

Overall Varsity Record

Overall Varsity Record

Highlights Rankings

1974 (winter)

First varsity team.

N/A

   

1975

Team played an 8 game schedule, no record recorded

N/A

   

1976

8 game schedule, no record recorded

N/A

   

1977

8 game schedule, partial recording of season record is 1-3

1-3 (.250 winning percent)

   

1978

8 game schedule, no record recorded, partial recording of record is 2-4

3-7 (.300)

   

1979

11 game schedule, 4-7

7-14 (.333)

   

1980

No records available

7-14 (.333)

   

1981

11 game schedule, 4-7

11-21 (.344)

   

1982

14 game schedule starts. 7-7

18-28 (.391)

   

1983

4-10

22-38 (.367)

   

1984

3-11

25-49  (.338)

   

1985

6-8

31-57 (.352)

Set record for most wins in a season.    

1986

2-12

33-69 (.324)

   

1987

5-9

38-78 (.328)

   

1988

3-12

41-90 (.313)

   

1989

3-12

44-102 (.301)

   

1990

1-14

45-116 (.280)

   

1991

0-14

45-130 (.257)

   

1992

4-10

49-140 (.259)

   

1993

7-7

56-147 (.276)

   

1994

5-9

61-156 (.281)

   

1995

9-7

70-163 (.300)

first winning season in school history  

1996

5-10

75-173 (.302)

   

1997

12-7 

87-180 (.326)

Set record for most wins in a season  

1998

11-11

98-191 (.339)

Finalist in MHS Invitaitonal  

1999

12-9

110-200 (.355)

Won MHS Invitational.  

2000

19-3

129-203 (.389)

Won MHS Invitational, set school record for wins in a season #4 final ranking in county (Journal)
#10 final ranking in DC area (Post)

2001

12-4

141-207 (.405)

MCPS Division Champions
 

2002

16-6

157-213 (.424)

   

2003

21-2

178-215 (.453)

MCPS Division Champions, Regional Finalist, set school record for wins #3 final ranking in county (Journal)
-ranked as high as #9 in DC area by Wash Post.  

2004

22-3

200-218 (.478)

State Finalist, Regional Champions, MCPS Division Champions, set school record for wins #1 final ranking in county (Examiner)
#1 in Maryland/DC area (Examiner)
#8 final ranking in DC area (Post) 
2005 20-3 220-221 (.499) MCPS Division Champions, Regional Finalist  #2 final ranking in county (Examiner)
-ranked as high as #2 in Wash. Post
2006 22-1

242-222 (.522)

MCPS Division Champions, MHS Invitational Champions, Regional Finalist #3 final ranking in county (Examiner)
-ranked as high as #8 in DC area (Post)
#10 final ranking in DC area (Post)
2007 20-2 262-224 (.540) MCPS Division CHampions, MHS Invitational Champions #5 final ranking in county (Examiner)
-ranked as high as #6 in DC area (Post)
2008 22-2 284-226 (.558) Regional Champions, MCPS Division Champions, MHS Invitational Champions #3 final ranking in county 
-#10 final ranking in DC area (Post)
-ranked as high #4 in DC area (Post)

2009 24-1 308-227 (.577) State Finalist, Regional Champions, MCPS Division Champions, MHS Invitational Champions #1 final ranking in county (Gazette)
#9 final ranking in DC area (Post)
-ranked as high as #6 in DC area (Post)
2010 19-4 327-231 (.587) MHS Invitational Champions #5 final ranking in county (Gazette)

2011 20-2 347-233 (.599) MHS Invitational Champions #5 final ranking in county (Gazette)
2012 22-1 369-234 (.613) MHS Invitational Champions, Regional Finalist #4 final ranking in county (Gazette)
#9 final ranking in DC area (Post)
2013 14-6 383-240 (.615)    
2014 13-8 396-248 (.615)    
2015 18-5 414-253 (.621) MHS Invitational Champions, Sectional Champions  
2016     18-4 432-257 (.627) Sectional Champions  
2017 19-3 451-260 (.634) MCPS Division Champions, MHS Invitational Champions, Sectional Finalist -ranked as high as #10 in the Washington Post
2018 20-2 471-262 (.643) MCPS Division Champions, MHS Invitational Champions, Sectional Finalist -ranked as high as #7 in DC area, finished 9th
 

Note:  Team records from 1974-1994 are taken from available records contained in the school yearbook and newspapers.  In some cases information from the early years of Magruder are not available.