Carroll County was the again the last team standing after another intense battle with Patrick County, defeating the Cougars in three games in a non-district volleyball matchup Aug. 28 in Stuart.
Carroll County, which rallied from a huge deficit in the first game of the season opener against the Cougars on August 15, swept the season series with Patrick six days later with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 victory. The Cougars, ranked sixth in the preseason Timesland volleyball poll, did not make it easy on the Lady Cavaliers.
After racing out to leads of 15-5 and 17-10 in the opening game, Carroll found itself in a dogfight as Patrick rallied to tie the contest up at 18-all. The Cavaliers responded by scoring seven of the last eight points, however, to win the game 25-19.
Carroll fell behind briefly in the second set before going on an 18-6 run to go ahead 20-12. After a small Patrick spurt, the Cavs won the last five points to close out the set with a 25-15 victory. Carroll also rallied from early deficits in the decisive third game with a 15-3 run en route to a 25-17 win.
Taylor Spangler led the Cavaliers with 15 assists and 10 digs and Adrienne Harris added 15 digs and three assists in the win. Cassidy Lawson paced Carroll with six kills to go along with one block.
Carroll County (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season a day later, falling to last year’s 2A state champion Marion 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 at Marion.
Brittany Stiefel led the unbeaten Scarlet Hurricane with nine kills and seven digs. Taylor Spangler had a game-high 21 assists to go along with seven digs for the Cavaliers. Carroll’s Jolee Sloss also had a big night with 13 digs, 10 kills and a pair of aces, while Cassidy Lawson chipped in seven kills and five digs.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN