GW jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the third game and never looked back as senior Jordan Wittekind served up eight straight points. Musselman closed to 8-5, tallying five points in a row, but the Patriots responded with four straight to go up 13-5. GW then scored eight of the next 10 points to wrap up the title on Shreve's kill.
The Patriots came together near the net and embraced one another in celebration of reaching their goal.
"This year we were determined to make it to the finals and win it all,'' Mourier said. "I'm so proud of my team. We've come so far.
"It's been a great four years with these girls and I wished it wouldn't end. To be with these girls ... we played middle school ball together. Just coming along on this journey is great. We've been determined since the beginning of the season. We had the drive we needed.''
Shreve finished with 15 kills, eight blocks and one ace while Mourier chipped in six kills and one ace and senior setter Sydney Downey had 34 assists. Wittekind pitched in seven kills and two blocks and senior Casey Rollins turned in five kills, four blocks and five digs. Mourier, Shreve and Downey earned all-tournament honors.
Musselman senior Corisha Smith tallied 12 kills while sophomore Taylor Lord, who has been playing with a partial tear of her calf muscle since the sectional tournament, added 10 kills and sophomore setter Kaitlin Ferretti had 25 assists. All three players were all-tournament selections.
"We couldn't get anything going and every time we did [George Washington] would get a big block, kill or defensive dig,'' said Musselman coach Shawn Martz, whose team finished runner-up for the second year in a row.
"We certainly didn't play as well as we wanted to, but a lot of it had to do with the way [the Patriots] were playing. This is the best I've seen them. When we played them in the [Queen of the Hill] tournament we had quite a few aces on them. We just couldn't quite do that today. We really couldn't match up with the front row very well.''
Smith is upbeat about next year in spite of graduating nine seniors.
"Our JV did really well,'' said the GW coach. "They won every tournament but one that they played in. They're ready to go. We'll be back at it in June ready to get another one.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.