West junior passes 1,000 career volleyball assists

West Stanly junior Addie Barbee did not start off her high school volleyball career as a setter but has quickly developed into an important part of the Colts’ success in 2019.

Including 43 assists in West’s four-set win Tuesday night over Mount Pleasant, Barbee passed the 1,000-assist plateau.

Scores of the match were 25-9, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-17 in favor of the Colts (14-3, 5-0 RRC).

Two years ago, Barbee was used more on the attack, but transitioned over to setter this season. She was going to share the duties with another junior, Riley Barbee, but due to an injury to Riley, Addie has stepped up, according to head coach Stephanie Dutton.

“With our other setter being out, I knew I would be the one on the floor (doing) the most setting and talking,” Addie said.

“I knew I needed to step up and be a leader on the team. All my teammates have helped and we are working well together.”

“Addie has fulfilled her role as a setter, taking more control of the offense towards the end of last season and definitely this year,” Dutton said.

“It helps having hitters that can step up and put the ball away for passers that can step up and do their job.”

Setters do not always get the amount of recognition other positions get, Addie said, but added it was not important.

“I try to make everyone else look great so our team does well,” Addie said.

The relatively young team, with just two seniors (Raelee Furr and Dani Moss), has started connecting more this season, Dutton said.

“When they are on and click, they are unstoppable.”

In the win, Dani Moss and Cristin Cline had 11 kills each while Madison Kee added 10 kills.

Addie Barbee also led the team with 13 digs while Alli Sanders and Abby Efird each added 10 digs.

Having gone through the first round of conference games without a loss, West’s season continues Thursday at home against RRC opponent Forest Hills. The Colts then get a rematch with the undefeated North Stanly Comets in a non-conference matchup Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“We all work together and we have the chance to go far. I’m really excited for the rest of the season,” Addie said.

Sports Editor Charles Curcio can be reached at charles.curcio@stanly newspress.com, 704-983-1361 or via Twitter (@charles_curcio).