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West Stanly volleyball opens season

The West Stanly volleyball team opened its 2018 season with three matches this week against three teams in the 3A classification.

This week, the Colts host West Montgomery on Monday, then go on the road Tuesday and Thursday to Northwest Cabarrus and Hickory Ridge, respectively.

West Stanly 3, Piedmont 1

On the first day of competition this fall, West Stanly’s volleyball team went on the road Monday to take on the Piedmont Panthers, a former conference foe.

The Colts won the match 3-1 with scores of 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 and 25-15.

Riley Barbee led West with 10 of the team’s 41 kills, while Caylee Clayton had five of the Colts’ 10 aces.

West also had 50 total digs as a squad, with Chassity Thomas leading the way with 23.

South Iredell 3, West Stanly 0

The Colts opened the team’s home schedule one night after the win at Piedmont hosting South Iredell. The Vikings beat West Stanly with scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-16.

Taylor Osborne led South Iredell with eight kills while Marissa Meyerhofer added six kills and four service aces. Malina Harris led the Vikings with 17 assists.

West Stanly 3, J.M. Robinson 2

West bounced back from the loss the next night to take on another 3A non-conference opponent. The Colts traveled to J.M. Robinson and earned a five-set win over the Bulldogs.

Scores of the match were 25-19, 26-28, 24-26, 25-20 and 15-11 in favor of the Colts (2-1).

Riley Barbee again led West with 14 kills; the Colts had 46 kills in the win. Kayli Cleaver paced West with seven of the team’s 23 aces, while West had seven blocks, led by Madison Kee’s three blocks.

Thomas again led West with 24 of the team’s 118 digs.

Madison Hill and Keah Greene had eight kills each to lead the Bulldogs.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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