The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 26, 2012

West Mont. extends lead over Bulldogs; West Stanly undefeated in RRC with win

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — With most of the Stanly County high school volleyball teams reaching the halfway mark through their respective conference schedules, only three weeks remain for teams to jockey for position for the state playoffs as well as making runs at the regular-season titles.

Monday’s Matches

West Montgomery 3

Albemarle 0

The Bulldogs showed streaks of playing flawless volleyball at home Monday night against the top team in the Yadkin Valley Conference, the West Mont-gomery Warriors.

Albemarle rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second set but struggled with service and receiving errors in the latter part of the match to fall 3-0 to the Warriors.

Scores of the match were 25-22, 27-25 and 25-17 in favor of visiting West Montgomery (14-1, 11-0 YVC).

Akela Branch led the Bulldogs (12-4, 8-3) with 10 kills, seven aces and seven digs. Tasmin Mackand Samantha Blue each added five kills, while Morgan Smet had 18 assists and Anna Yang led with eight digs.

After losing the first set by just three points, the Bulldogs trailed again 17-9 in the second set before a series of Branch aces helped Albemarle go on a 13-4 rally to a 22-21 lead.

West Montgomery was able to force the set to extra points and won it 27-25 when an Albemarle kill attempt went into the net for the set’s final point.

Again, the Bulldogs rallied from a deficit in the final set, trailing 6-1 to bring the score close midway through. The Warriors, after leading 15-13, pulled away from that point for the final result.

The win gives West a three-game lead over Albemarle and Gray Stone in the standings with five conference matches left in the regular season.

Gray Stone 3

Chatham Central 0

Combined with the Bulldogs’ loss to West Montgomery last night, the Gray Stone Knights pulled back into a tie with the Bulldogs of second place in the Yadkin Valley Conference with a 3-0 road win Monday night at Chatham Central.

Scores of the match were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-20.

Jordan Redman had 12 kills to lead Gray Stone (9-3, 8-3 YVC) while Sydney Freeman added 10 kills and Maggie Habeeb had 17 assists.

The Knights host South Stanly at 6 p.m. tonight.

Thursday’s Matches

West Stanly 3

North Stanly 0

The annual volleyball matches between Rocky River Conference and county rivals North and West Stanly have featured over the past few seasons two teams in the upper ranks of the conference standings.

Thursday’s showdown at West Stanly was no different as a rowdy student section greeted the visiting Comets for a hotly contested match.

West Stanly completed their first round of conference play with a 3-0 sweep of North Stanly.

Scores of the match were 25-20, 25-22 and 25-16.

Junior Courtney Grant led West Stanly (12-1, 7-0 RRC) with seven blocks and 19 kills, while senior Emily Morgan had the highest kill percentage for the Colts with 16 kills in 24 attempts.

Libero Devan Fincher played solid defense for the Colts with 15 digs, while junior Catherine Morgan had 18 assists and four service aces for West.

In JV action, the West Stanly JV’s stayed perfect on the season with a two-set win over North.

Scores of the match were 25-23 and 26-24, keeping their streak of having not lost a set this season alive as well as their win streak.

The Colts take on Monroe  tonight and travel to Central Academy on Thursday night.

Albemarle 3

South Davidson 0

Using a strong serving performance on the road Thursday night, the Bulldogs won 3-0 at South Davidson. Scores of the match were 25-11, 25-10 and 25-13.

Akela Branch continued her stellar junior season for the Bulldogs with 20 kills and five digs, while Alex Potter had seven kills, five aces and five digs.

Tasmin Mack added five kills and a team high seven aces, with Kijana Sellers and Morgan Swink serving three aces each.

Morgan Smet had 35 assists and libero Anna Yang had six digs.