Needing 27 digs to become the first player in school history to record 1,000 in a career, Carroll County’s Adrienne Harris notched 29 to achieve the milestone Oct. 9 in a four-set victory over Floyd County in Hillsville.
A four-year starter for the Cavaliers, Harris reached the 1,000-career dig mark in a 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-9 victory for Carroll County (14-1, 8-0 Three Rivers District). The Libero of the Year in the Three Rivers District a season ago, Harris moved to outside hitter prior to her senior season. Despite that, she has still continued to rack up the digs, a testament to the effort she gives on the court every night.
“She just played really well. They hit a lot of crosscourt and Adrienne plays all over the court and she gives all her effort every time out,” Carroll County head coach Cindy Edwards said. “You have to stay healthy and you have to be in there (to reach 1,000 career digs). She has been playing since her ninth grade year and it is a great accomplishment to get that many digs.”
Taylor Spangler, who surpassed the 1,000-career assists mark earlier this season, led the Cavs with 20 assists and four aces. She also had 17 digs and Chasity Tompkins contributed 12 digs. Cassidy Lawson added 11 kills and a pair of aces.
Haylee Dalton and Jaycee Dalton led Floyd County (13-9, 4-4 Three Rivers District) with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. The Buffs got off to a great start, defeating Carroll 25-22 in the first set before the Cavaliers asserted control.
“I don’t think we serve received well and we didn’t play well at the beginning. We didn’t communicate as well at the start of it and we got better as it went. We read what they were doing a little more and adjusted to it,” Edwards said. “They are scrappy. They keep a lot of balls alive and make you earn it. At the beginning we were hitting a lot of balls out of bounds but I thought we did a better job with our hitting and we serve received better after the first set.”
Carroll won its 12th contest in a row after sweeping Galax in three sets Oct. 8 in a non-district tilt in Hillsville.
Harris led Carroll with eight kills, seven digs and two blocks in the 25-15, 25-23, 25-13 victory. Taylor Spangler spearheaded the Cavalier offense with a game-high 14 assists and tied Harris with seven digs. She also contributed a pair of aces in the win.
Erin Hash threw down five kills and added a block. Hannah Spangler led Carroll with three aces and 13 service points while also dishing out eight assists. Allyson Bemis and Lexie Goad both added five digs for the Cavs.
Ashlyn Brady’s five kills and six digs were team highs for Galax (2-14).
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