Watauga's volleyball team sweeps Cougars, Mitchell
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's volleyball team added a little extra effort in its 3-0 victory over Alexander Central in a tri-match held Saturday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
Watauga won 25-15, 25-18 and 25-21 in the first portion of the tri-match, which also included Mitchell. Results of the match against Mitchell were not available by presstime.
The Pioneers (5-3) combined hustle and good reflexes to extend points against Alexander Central. On several occasions, the Pioneers were able to regroup their offense and score points.
"We played well today," Pioneers coach Kris Hagaman said. "Their communication was much better throughout each play instead of just the end of the play. That made the difference."
The Pioneers found themselves behind 18-13 in the third set, but rallied by scoring the next eight points. Savannah Rushing, who was brought up from the junior varsity, served during the run that included kills by Kiersten McClannon, Meredith Farthing, and an ace by Rushing.
Watauga eventually took a 22-19 lead, but Alexander Central scored the next two points. Watauga closed out the set by outlasting the Cougars on a very long rally that ended with a kill from Sierra Hill, a McClannon kill and an error by the Cougars.
Farthing led the Pioneers with 14 kills and 10 digs defensively. Hill added nine kills, while McClannon and Hayes each had six kills.
Whitney Dunnigan dished out 21 assists and Rusher had 19 assists and three serving aces.
Defensively, Dunnigan had 18 digs and Sydney Farthing had 15. McClannon finished with 11 digs and Meredith Farthing had 10.
The Pioneers followed with a 25-10, 25-8, 25-10 victory over Mitchell. Watauga got 12 kills from Meredith Farthing, nine kills from Hayes and 10 from Sierra Hill.
Dunnigan added 21 assists and Sarah Combs dished out 13 assists. McClannon had seven digs defensively and five serving aces.
NEWTON -- Fred T. Foard beat Watauga 26-24, 25-21 and 25-21 in a Northwestern Conference match Thursday.
Hayes led the Pioneers with seven kills, four blocks and three serving aces, while Meredith Farthing finished with six kills. Dunnigan had 13 assists and Rusher finished with seven.
Defensively, Sydney Farthing had 13 digs.
Watauga's junior varsity beat Foard 20-25, 25-23 and 25-19.
Olivia Williamson led the Pioneers' offense with eight kills, while Tayler McCune had seven. Rusher had 14 assists, Reina Marze had nine assists and Kinley McCoury had 10 digs defensively to go with her four kills.
Marze and Williamson also had four aces, while Alexis Villarosa had four blocks.