WHS's volleyball team rolls past Patton
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's volleyball team ramped up its offense in a 3-0 victory over Patton at Lentz-Eggers Gym Monday.
The Pioneers started with a 25-16 win the first game, and then rolled to a 25-6 win in the second. Watauga closed by breaking away from a close game to win the third 25-18.
Middle blocker Rebecca Hayes benefitted the most by collecting 14 kills. Kiersten McClannon added eight kills and Sarah Peterson had six.
Hayes also had five blocks.
"We served pretty consistently today," Pioneers coach Kris Hagaman said. "We only had a couple errors and one of them was a foot fault. Our passing was a lot better and our setting was a lot better today. We were a lot more consistent."
Watauga, which lost 3-1 to Patton in Morganton, cruised to a 9-1 lead in the second set. The Pioneers increased that lead to 21-3 before Patton scored two straight points. Watauga closed out the set with a 4-0 run.
Patton pushed Watauga in the third set, but could not overcome Watauga's offense. Peterson got a kill, Savannah Rusher served up an ace and Hayes had two kills to help lift the Pioneers to a 24-17 lead. Sierra Hill provided Watauga with its final point with a kill to close out the set and the match.
Hill, a middle blocker, finished with four kills and four blocks. Meredith Farthing added five kills. Rusher had 17 assists and Sarah Combs had 15 for the Pioneers.
McClannon also had eight digs defensively. Sydney Farthing added 12 digs and Abby Hicks had 10 digs for the Pioneers.
Watauga plays at Hickory on Wednesday.
Watauga's junior varsity claimed a 25-10, 25-21 victory over Patton on Monday.
Callie Idol had four kills and Olivia Williamson had three kills for the Pioneers. Taelor McCune added three kills, while Rusher dished out nine assists.