Three Stanly volleyball teams downed in volleyball playoffs

Published 4:51 pm Monday, October 29, 2018

In second-round state volleyball playoff games Thursday, three Stanly teams were all on the road.

2A Playoffs

West Davidson 3, West Stanly 0

The young Colts, without a senior on the 2018 roster, traveled as the No. 13 seed to West Davidson to take on a No. 4 seeded Dragons squad with seniors seniors on its roster.

Scores of the match were 25-10, 25-12 and 25-18 in favor of West Davidson (23-6).

Dani Moss and Ali Sanders had six kills each for West Stanly (20-7) as the Colts had 22 kills in the match. Addie Barbee and Caylee Clayton each had nine digs each for West Stanly while also both adding a service ace.

Madison Kee and Kaylie Cleaver each had a block while the Colts had four block assists, one each from Kee, Cleaver, Moss and Addie Barbee.

“In the first set, we were hoping to be able to make adjustments to come back, but the Dragons proved to be too much,” head coach LaRhonda Watkins said. “Playing against a team with seven experienced seniors was the challenge facing the young team of West Stanly along with injuries. I couldn’t be more proud of (the Colts) and their accomplishments this season.”

West does not graduate a player from this year’s team which won the Rocky River Conference tournament crown.

1A Playoffs

Polk County 3, Gray Stone 1

The No. 22-seeded Knights went on the road Thursday to take on No. 6 Polk County. After the teams split the first two sets, the host Wolverines (17-9) won the final two sets to advance with a 3-1 win over the Knights.

Scores of the match were 25-10, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-8 in favor of Polk County.

Gray Stone graduates five seniors from this year’s team which went 13-8 overall and won the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament title: Mattie Burris, Christen Clontz, Karlie Griffin, Madison Hatley and Savannah Smith.

Alleghany 3, South Stanly 1

The Bulls’ season came to an end Thursday on the road in a four-set loss to the No. 2-seeded Trojans.

South graduates seven seniors from this year’s team which finished third in the YVC regular-season standings and reached the finals of the YVC tournament: Adison Campbell, Alexis Faulkner, Bethany Forest, Star Lee, Sidney McSwain, Myia Swink and Taryn Tucker.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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