The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 29, 2013

Stanly County Volleyball Notebook

West Stanly tops South Stanly; Gray Stone sweeps Albemarle; Bulldogs win over Colts

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Thursday, August 29, 2013 — The volleyball season continued this week as the teams of Stanly County both continued non-conference play as well as opening play in their conference schedules as well.

Monday’s Game

West Stanly 3

South Stanly 1

In non-conference play on Monday, the West Stanly Colts earned a 3-1 win over South Stanly with scores of 25-13, 23-25, 25-13 and 25-13 in favor of West.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Bulls (3-1), who were led by Dajé Drake’s six kills, six aces and three blocks. For the game, South had 19 aces.

For West Stanly, Bailey Speights led with four service aces, while Brooke McIlwaine and Shay Lutwiller had two. Cat Morgan paced the Colts with seven assists.

Tuesday’s Game

Gray Stone 3

Albemarle 0

The Knights hosted the Bulldogs on Tuesday night in the first game between the two teams since the new subdivision reorganization of the Yadkin Valley Conference into East and West Divisions.

Gray Stone had won their first two matches of the season, having swept Covenant Classic 3-0 (25-6, 25-20, 27-25) and YVC East member Chatham Central (25-15, 25-16, 25-14).

Albemarle opened with a 3-0 win over Chatham last week before suffering their first loss of the season to East Montgomery 3-1.

In three close games with the Bulldogs, the Knights prevailed at the end of each set and earned a 3-0 win with scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-19.

Akela Branch led the Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1 YVC West) with 21 kills and a .452 hitting percentage, while Samantha Blue added six kills.

In the first set, Gray Stone led 10-8 before a 6-0 Albemarle run gave the Bulldogs a four-point lead. The Knights responded with a run of their own, tying the match at 16-16. The first set was tied two more times, at 19 and 22, before Gray Stone finished with the final three points of the first set to win by three.

Albemarle led again in the second set 7-4 but the Knights continued to cover well defensively and attack at the net. Gray Stone took a 14-12 lead, forcing a Bulldogs timeout. Sydney Freeman added kills late in the set as well for the Knights along with a Jordan Redman kill and a Roni Boss ace for a 25-23 win in the second set.

It was Gray Stone that jumped out in front in the final set, leading 5-1 before the Bulldogs rallied to tie the match 7-7. Rebekah Robinson added an ace late in the match to put the Knights up 18-14, then Bailey Freeburn took over at the net with two kills and a big block enroute to a six-point win.

Wednesday’s Game

Albemarle 3

West Stanly 1

Albemarle bounced back from the loss to Gray Stone on Tuesday with a 3-1 non-conference win over West Stanly with scores of 25-11, 25-14, 13-25 and 25-15 in favor of the Bulldogs.Akela Branch and Samantha Blue each had 18 kills to lead the Bulldogs (3-2), while Morgan Smet dished out 45 assists. Branch also doled out four blocks in the game.

For West Stanly, Courtney Grant led the Colts with five kills while Meredith Summers and Brooke McIlwaine added three kills each; McIlwaine also had four digs and West had 11 service aces in the game.

The Bulldogs host South Stanly on Tuesday night while the Colts host Monroe on Tuesday.

Editor's Note: The following article includes stats not available before Thursday's print deadline.