Carroll County got a tough test from visiting Floyd County before winning in four sets Sept. 3 in the season volleyball opener in Hillsville.
Leading 12-6 in the first set, Carroll County (1-0) fell victim to a 16-8 Floyd run that put the Buffaloes in front 22-20. The Cavaliers ended the set on a 5-0 run, however, to take the opening game.
Morgan Tompkins provided two of the points, one on a dink and another on a huge kill over the net to help Carroll regain a 23-22 advantage. Aubree Marshall then made it 24-22 off a nice assist before Cheyenne Strickland ended the set with an ace to complete the comeback.
The Cavaliers would use that momentum to win the second set 25-15, but Floyd battled back to take set three by a score of 25-23. Carroll ended it in game four with a convincing 25-12 victory.
Reigning Conference 24 Player of the Year Eustacia Smith had a big night for the Cavaliers, leading the team with 12 kills, 32 digs and four aces. She also contributed 17 service points. Bristal Upchurch and Strickland both added two aces with Strickland pacing Carroll with 28 assists to go along with 15 digs.
Torilyn Reavis added 17 assists, Tori Goad contributed 15 digs and Bailey Delby had 12 digs. Morgan Tompkins had eight kills for the Cavaliers, while teammates Madison Hull and Marshall each added six.
Carroll County’s JV team also started the season off 1-0 with a two-game sweep of Floyd.