WHS volleyball team drops South Caldwell
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's volleyball team closed out its regular season with a convincing 3-0 win over South Caldwell Monday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
The Pioneers claimed a 25-9, 25-11 and 25-9. Watauga waits to see whom it will play in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs, which begin Saturday. The Pioneers are the No. 1 seeded 4-A team from the Northwestern Conference.
They'll play the No. 3 team from the North Piedmont Conference, which is a 4-A/3-A conference like the NWC.
Watauga (14-8, 8-6 NWC) got 12 kills and three blocks from Rebecca Hayes, and nine kills and 10 digs from Meredith Farthing. Sierra Hill added eight kills for the Pioneers.
Watauga setter Sarah Combs had 17 assists and Whitney Dunnigan added 15 assists. Both players served up three aces.
"The girls played well. They played with more consistency," Pioneers coach Kris Hagaman said. "Our setters did a good job tonight of disperse the sets among the hitters."
The Pioneers also got outstanding serving from Abby Hicks, who served up the first seven points of the first game of the match. Hicks, in giving Watauga a 7-0 lead, had three aces during the stretch.
"The serving was pretty good," Hagaman said. "(Hicks) had 10 attempts and three were aces."
Hayes served an ace that gave the Pioneers a 15-5 lead. A 3-0 lead put the Pioneers in front 19-6, which was never threatened.
The Pioneers took an 11-2 lead in the second set. Watauga increased its lead to 19-5 in the game and cruised to a win.
The third set was closer in the beginning, but Kiersten McClannon's serving combined with a kill from Hayes gave Watauga a 10-4 lead. Watauga pulled away from an 11-6 lead to take a 17-7 advantage.
McClannon had four aces and six digs defensively. Hayes added three blocks.
Watauga's junior varsity volleyball team beat South Caldwell 25-6, 25-21 at Lentz-Eggers Gym Monday.
Olivia Williamson and Taelor McCune each had five kills, while Callie Idol finished with five serving aces. Reina Marze dished out 19 assists for the Pioneers.