Fans got their money’s worth Thursday as Carroll County’s epic five-set rally over previously unbeaten Giles wrapped up a crazy night of volleyball in Hillsville.
With an eighth-grade contest that went three sets and a JV tilt that also went the distance, it was 10 p.m. by the time the varsity Cavaliers finished off the marathon 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 17-15 victory. Coming into the match, both teams were unbeaten in Three Rivers District play, Giles (8-1, 2-1 Three Rivers District) was undefeated and Carroll County (7-1, 3-0 Three Rivers District) had lost just one game – a non-district contest against Marion.
“They are very athletic and moved and jumped really well,” Carroll County head coach Cindy Edwards said of the showdown with Giles. “I think they are probably more athletic than us, but I feel we were pretty evenly matched, which I think the scores reflected.”
The Cavaliers got an extremely balanced effort in the come-from-behind win. Adrienne Harris led the Cavs with 28 digs and tied Cassidy Lawson for a team-high 12 kills. Chasity Tompkins added 18 digs and three aces and Taylor Spangler dished out a game-high 26 assists to go along with two aces and eight digs.
Hannah Spangler also had a good passing night with 16 assists to go along with a team-best five aces and 12 digs. Erin Hash led the charge up front with three blocks and five kills. Alexia Snavely tossed in six kills and a block and Hannah Farmer had four kills and a block. Lawson also chipped in two blocks to go with her 12 kills and five digs.
“They didn’t quit and they fought. They played really hard and just believed and just didn’t get down. I was proud of them for that. We tried a couple of different things and a couple of different kids,” Edwards said of Carroll’s turnaround. “And then in the third game when we felt like that group was stable, we stuck with them but those kids came in and produced. Everybody got a lot of touches and everybody produced. We moved it around quite a bit defensively, and serve-receive, it was probably the best game we have played.”
Carroll’s JV team also turned in a thrilling victory, defeating Giles in three sets 25-19, 25-27, 15-12. Carlie Love led the Cavaliers with 20 service points as Carroll improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district play.
Natalie Harris added 13 service points, Adrianne Salyer and Alisha Bemis both had eight. Also contributing to the victory were Madison Stocker (six service points), Lilly Marshall (four service points), Chloe Stone (three) and Cordie Gardner (two).
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