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Liberty sweeps Staunton River

By Mike Forster

 

Last year, they won but a single match.

This year, Liberty has already doubled that total.  And there's a whole lot of season left for the Minettes.

Hosting Staunton River, Liberty grounded the Eagles in four games.  Just as when the two teams met earlier in the season, River took the first game.  It did so to the tune of 25-23.

After that, however, it was all Liberty.  The Minettes reeled off wins of 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

"That was a big improvement over the first set," said Liberty Head Coach Amanda McCoy.  "Our passing was much improved."

During the remaining three games, McCoy's charges put a lot of points between themselves and River.  Then, the Eagles would claw back.

Timely timeouts seemingly put the kibosh on River's momentum.  "It's all mental," said McCoy.  "I tell them to work against the flow of their hitters."

"We shouldn't have lost three in a row after winning the first," said River Head Honcho Rich Northrup.  "We kept coming back, but ran out of gas."

Liberty was propelled to victory by virtue of its balanced play.  Kaitlyn Carter, recently shifted to the middle, responded with nine kills.  The sophomore slugger also nailed four service aces.

Katie Martin showed the most power she has all season.  The junior was seen slapping the tar out of the ball on several solid kills.  (For the record, the ball contains air, rather than tar.)

Kasey Carr and Kim Sharrett, a pair of sophomores, combined for 11 kills and 17 digs, while senior setter Audrey McCombs dished up a nifty 32 assists.

Staunton River was led by Katelyn Dellis, who had 8 assists, six kills and 3 aces..

Taylor Jones and Katye Walvoort each mashed five kills for the Eagles.

 

JF on winning track

Jefferson Forest, which opened the season by going 0-4, is suddenly looking quite a bit less peaked.

Better still, the Lady Cavs have shown that they're a force to be reckoned with in the Seminole District.

JF now stands 4-7-1 after taking fourth place in the Patrick Henry tournament, where they beat William Fleming and Bassett, while picking up a tie against PH and losing to James River  and Cosby, a pair of Richmond schools.

Returning to district play, the Lady Cavs had convincing wins over Heritage and Amherst.  They topped the Pioneers in straight sets:  29-27, 25-18, 25-8.  Two nights later, they trimmed Amherst:  26-24, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 15-10.

"I like where we are right now," said JF Head Coach Steve Mills.  "We've played a really hard schedule to date."

Jefferson Forest's leaders to date include Shelby "Cold as Ice" Frost, who has walloped 81 kills.

Katie O'Neil has dealt up 39 aces.

Kayla Goumas has dished out 135 assists.

Tori "Steamshovel" Davis has come up with 64 digs.

Others who have contributed mightily include Jessica Pescadlo, who has 35 kills, 20 aces and 35 digs.  Megan Enneking has logged 32 kills, while Abbie Simpson has 45 assists.

Arizona Hall has 54 digs, while Mary Michael Millner has added 49 in that category.

Pescadlo and Enneking have been effective front line players, contributing 15 and 12 blocks, respectively.

In spite of the gaudy stats, Mills remains focused on continuous improvement.  "We have, individually, been inconsistent," he assessed.   "But as the year goes, I expect that to change."

On Monday night, the Lady Cavs were swept by a fundamentally sharp team from LCA, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22.