Lady Eagles top Min-'Nets'

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Intra-county volleyball

By Mike Forster

  Staunton River continued its impressive start to the volleyball season.  The Golden Eagles showed a never-say-die mind-set in taking county rival Liberty in four games.

The Eagles squelched a Liberty rebound in the fourth game, taking the best-of-five in neat fashion:  25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 25-21.

The victory gives Staunton River a mark of 1-1 against its county foes, having fallen to JF earlier in the season.  The Eagles showed good moxie in game four.  Trailing 20-13, the Eagles rang up nine consecutive points, under the strong serve of Addie Tuck, to seize the lead.  Then Brie Holdren and Taylor Jones delivered kills for the, um, kill.

"We've come back before, " said Holdren.  "We knew we had to dig deep."

That they did.  Holdren had 14 kills and 10 digs.  Tuck kicked in 5 aces, 5 kills, and a pair of blocks.  Lauren Mitchell added eight digs and three aces, while showing perfection from the service stripe.

For Liberty, this was its first match in the David Peirce era.  The coach takes over a team that went winless last season, but which returns a good amount of young talent.

"I'm so encouraged," said Peirce, of his team's first game out of the blocks.  "A break here or there and we could have won."

Katie Martin led the way for Peirce's crew, smacking 17 kills for the Minettes.  The coach called the sophomore a "quintessential outside hitter."

Audrey McCombs dished up 27 assists.  Although she didn't appear prominently in the stats book, Liberty libero Oksana Kittrell was notable for her hustle and willingness to dive for loose balls.


In other action

River topped another Seminole foe, sweeping Heritage.  The Eagles prevailed 25-12, 25-23, 25-11, as Holdren belted 14 kills.  Katelyn Dellis dished up 24 assists and Mitchell came up big:  nine digs and four aces.


Coming up

On Thursday, Liberty opens Seminole District play when it hosts Heritage.

Jeff Forest gets a jump on its district slate when it entertains Brookville, also on Thursday.  Completing the Thursday trifecta will be James River at Staunton River.

On Saturday, Staunton River will compete in the Halifax County tournament.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Liberty visits Rustburg, JF heads to Lord Bot and Staunton River visits James River.