St. Stephens pulls away from Pioneers
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's volleyball team looked ready to battle Northwestern Conference rival St. Stephens after winning the first game of a best of five match Wednesday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
That lasted for just the one game. St. Stephens stampeded through the next three to take a 3-1 victory. Watauga won the first game 25-19, but St. Stephens answered with 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 victories in the next three.
It was Watauga's second straight defeat. One day earlier, the Pioneers lost 3-1 to North Surry, but the scores were much closer. North Surry claimed a 27-25, 34-32, 20-25, 25-12 victory over the visiting Pioneers on Tuesday.
Watauga pulled away from St. Stephens late in the first game. The Pioneers were tied 19-19, but scored the next six points on a run capped by a Becca Hayes kill.
St. Stephens dominated the next two sets. The Indians went in front 10-4 in the second set and grew the lead to 20-10. Watauga struggled with its passing, while St. Stephens got its offense going.
Watauga overcame an early 5-1 deficit to trail 9-8 in the third game. It was 11-11 when St. Stephens pulled away by scoring the next nine points.
The Indians gradually pulled away in the fourth set by taking a 22-18 lead.
Hayes finished with 10 kills and six blocks for the Pioneers. Meredith Farthing added eight kills offensively and 17 digs while on defense. Sarah Peterson chipped in seven kills, while Sydney Farthing had 13 digs.
Watauga setter Sarah Combs added 29 assists.
Meredith Farthing had 14 kills and 16 digs against North Surry. Peterson finished with 10 kills and Hayes had seven kills and seven blocks.
Defensively, Kiersten McClannon had 20 digs, while Sydney Farthing had 21 digs and three serving aces. Combs had 31 assists and two serving aces offensively and 12 digs defensively.
Watauga won't play again until Sept. 4 when the Pioneers host Freedom, which returns to the NWC after realignment.
Watauga beat St. Stephens 25-14, 16-25, 25-21 Wednesday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
Olivia Williamson had eight kills and five blocks for the Pioneers, who pulled away from the Indians in the third game to secure the victory. Callie Idol added five kills, while setter Savannah Rusher finished with 16 assists.
Taylor McCune added 10 digs defensively.
The Pioneers lost 2-1 to North Surry one day earlier. Williamson had seven kills, three blocks and two serving aces for the Pioneers.
McCune added six kills and 17 digs, while Rusher dished out eight assists. Reina Marze also had seven assists.