A resilient Carroll County volleyball team rallied in all three sets Thursday to claim a hard-fought 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 victory over Pulaski County in Hillsville.
No matter which team you were rooting for, Thursday’s River Ridge District contest was one of the better volleyball games you will see. Not only were all three sets nip-and-tuck most of the way, many of the points within each set saw the ball go back and forth several times as each time put forth maximum effort into the big early-season matchup.
While the Cavaliers fell behind in all three sets, the team faced its biggest deficit in the second game, trailing 18-11 at one point. Carroll County (3-3, 1-1 River Ridge District) came roaring back, however, especially at the end facing game point down 24-23.
“I thought when we got behind we didn’t quit. I thought we played really hard. I thought we passed and dug the ball well like you saw with the rallies,” Carroll County head coach Cindy Edwards said. “What I liked last night was they didn’t fold when the scores were tight where the last couple of times they have done that. The decision making and execution was better.”
Jolee Sloss contributed nine kills and 17 digs to pace the Cavaliers. Adrienne Harris had a game-high 24 digs to lead Carroll, while setters Taylor Jo Burnette and Taylor Spangler both had 12 assists.
“I think it was desire, a little more experience and just not quitting,” Edwards said of the district win. “They are just such a young group. Every day is a process and we are better today than yesterday. We played well the second and third game at Cave Spring, but didn’t we play well the first game.”
Erin Hash and Hannah Quesinberry teamed to lead Carroll to a three-set sweep of Galax on Sept. 12 in Hillsville.
Hash had six kills and three blocks, while Quesinberry recorded six kills and three aces to help the Cavaliers improve to 2-2 on the season with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-21 victory. Taylor Spangler turned in a game-high 15 assists to go along with two aces for Carroll County. Galax fell to 2-3 overall with the loss.
Carroll opened River Ridge District play Sept. 13 with a tough task, facing the powerful Cave Spring program in Roanoke. Although the Cavaliers kept it competitive, the Knights won in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-20.
Jolee Sloss led Carroll with six kills. Adrienne Harris and Hannah Quesinberry both had 11 digs for Carroll with Harris adding a pair of assists.
Haley Spangler served in 14 straight points to close out the match as the Carroll County junior varsity volleyball Cavaliers bounced back in style with a 25-9, 25-3 rout of Galax at home Monday, September 12.
The victory for the Cavs eased the sting from their previous outing, which was a disappointing upset loss.
It was the second straight time the Cavalier jayvees swept their Twin Counties rival this season. They had opened the year with a 3-0 win at Galax in the annual benefit game.
This latest match was not as close as the earlier meeting. Hannah Snow began the rout with four straight service points and Brooklyn Vaughn took over with five straight as Carroll jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first game. Kaylee Sloss, Hannah Spangler and Cassidy Lawson contributed service points before Vaughn served an ace and Alexia Snavley recorded a kill to register the final points.
Game two started with Carroll taking a 6-0 lead on Snow’s serves, including a pair of aces. Vaughn made it 9-1 Carroll. A few points later, a Galax error gave the Cavs an 11-3 lead, and then Haley Spangler took over to record the final 14 points and complete the Cavalier sweep.
One night after dumping Galax, the Carroll junior varsity girls travelled to Cave Spring for their River Ridge Conference opener and lost in straight games, 16-25, 22-25. “Our hitting was off,” Cavs coach Ellen Sloss said of the first game defeat. “In the second game we played well, just could not get the plays when we needed them. It was close all the way. The serving was awesome.”
Then, two nights later the Cavs returned home and lost a heartbreaker to Pulaski County, 24-26, 17-25. In game one, the Cavs fell behind early by 4-0 but came back to tie at 13-all. Carroll led 21-19 and then 24-23 but Pulaski closed it out with the final three points. In game two, Carroll never could fully overcome a 1-9 start although the Cavs once pulled within one point.
Eighth Grade Wins
Carroll County Middle School began the traditional annual tripleheader between the rivals by whizzing past Galax in three straight games.
Hayley Snow started at service and got the Cavalier eighth graders off to a 3-0 start. After a 3-3 tie, Carroll scored six straight points and never trailed. Hannah Farmer, Alisha Bemis and Adrianna Salyers contributed runs at service to help lead the Cavs to a 25-11 win in game one.
Game two started with Carroll falling behind for the first time but Snow served six straight points for a 7-2 lead. The teams traded points and serves pretty much the rest of the way with neither being able to really take command until Carroll prevailed in the end, 25-21.
Although a third game was not necessary, the teams continued to play to gain experience, and CCMS won the third, 15-10.
In addition to those players that contributed runs at service, other players that performed well in the match, according to Coach Kayla Nester, were Madison Stockner, Kalee Bunn, and Dezirae Rodrigue.
The CCMS eighth graders are 3-6 overall.