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West volleyball sweeps Anson to reach RRC tourney finals

The West Stanly volleyball squad suffered only two conference losses in the regular season. Both came in five sets against Colts’ rival Mount Pleasant.

West earned a chance to face the Tigers another time by sweeping the Anson County Bearcats in Wednesday’s semifinal matchup in Anson with scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-18.

Kayli Cleaver led the Colts (18-6) with 12 of her team’s 38 kills, while Addie Barbee had 21 of West’s 31 assists as a team. Dani Moss led West with three aces while Caylee Clayton reached double figures with 12 of the Colts’ 47 digs.

The Colts jumped out to a 10-4 lead early in the first set, including a Moss ace and a Raelee Furr kill, forcing a Bearcats timeout. West led by as much as 14 points, 22-8, on a Madison Kee kill, eventually winning the first set by nine.

West and Anson were tied early in the second before four straight points, including a Furr kill, put the Colts up 6-2. A Cleaver kill midway through the set put West up 15-8.

Anson called timeout trailing West 20-13 in the second set, and got to within five points, 23-18, but the Colts scored the final two of the frame.

The hosts started strong in the early portion of the third set, building a quick 5-1 lead over West, forcing a Colts timeout. A Cleaver solo block helped spur a West run to get the set tied.

Both teams kept the third set close with a number of ties, but West broke out with a 6-0 run. Kills from Cleaver and Moss along with an Addie Barbee ace helped the Colts build a six-point lead, 20-14. Late kills from Cleaver and Kee pushed West on to the win.

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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