Before the start of the second movement, Roach gathered her team for an encouraging chat.
"I told them, 'Just be confident," said Roach. "We're a great team. We practice so hard every day. We are all confident and just need to sustain that energy. "
The words seemed to resonate with the Patriots as they built a 16-7 lead. Winterhoff had four kills and Trinity Swartz added two more while Lainey Haas scored four aces during the early rise. Winterhoff ended the set with five kills, including a major one that took a 2-0 lead in the match.
Monticello (8-3) didn't go away quietly in the third set. Amelia Koch had an ace and a kill to pull the Mustangs within striking distance, 22-20, but Albemarle regained momentum and scored the next three points to seal the straight win.
"It feels great," said Roach. "I've worked very hard for the past four years to make this happen. That was the goal for this season. I wasn't worried about regional or state just to win the district and I'm really happy about it. "
Winterhoff was the leader for Albemarle with 16 kills and eight digs. Sophia Dawson scored five kills, two aces and 16 digs on the team. Haas added five aces and four digs while Franceszca Penaredondo scored seven kills and two assists.