Watauga's volleyball team wins third straight
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
LENOIR -- Watauga's volleyball team won its third straight match by taking a 3-0 decision at Northwestern Conference rival Hibriten Monday night.
The Pioneers (7-3, 2-2 NWC) claimed a 25-9, 25-23, 25-10 victory over the Panthers. It was the Pioneers' third straight victory after winning two matches in a trimatch held at Lentz-Eggers Gym Saturday.
"We came out and gave up a few points with serves," Pioneers coach Kris Hagaman said. "But other than that they played really well. In the second set, we fell apart a little bit mentally and had some errors that should not have occurred. In the third set, it was much better We picked it back up."
Watauga looked to standout middle blocker Rebecca Hayes for offense. The senior responded with 12 kills and six serving aces.
Meredith Farthing added six kills, while Sierra Hill added six kills and four blocks on defense.
Watauga cruised through the first set of the match, but Hibriten pushed the Pioneers in the second set. Watauga took a 10-4 lead, but the Panthers rallied and took a 16-15 lead before Watauga called timeout.
The Pioneers put together a small run, helped by an ace by Sydney Farthing, to take a 23-18. Hibriten made a final push after the Pioneers took a 24-20 lead by scoring two straight points before a Hayes kill iced the win.
Watauga broke a 3-3 tie in the third set with a 5-0 run. The Pioneers added to their 8-3 lead with a 5-1 run to claim a 13-4 run that was never seriously threatened.
Kiersten McClannon added five kills and three service aces, while Whitney Dunnigan dished out 10 assists. Abby Hicks served up five aces.
Watauga plays at the newest member of the NWC on Thursday when they play at Patton.
LENOIR -- Watauga's junior varsity improved to 7-1 following its 2-0 victory over Hibriten.
The Pioneers won the first game 25-21, and followed with a 25-13 victory. Kinley McCoury finished with nine kills and six serving aces. Savannah Rusher added seven serving aces and 12 assists. Reina Marze also had seven assists and Alexis Villarosa finished with four kills.