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MAX MEADOWS –– One can tell that it’s October in Southwest Virginia when the heater is on in the morning and the air conditioning runs in the afternoon.
Grayson County’s volleyball team knows the feeling.
Unstoppable at times and ungainly for a stretch or two as well Tuesday night, the hot and cold-running Blue Devils were on more often than not in taking a 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 25-20 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District match.
Grayson County (9-2 overall, 4-1 district) faced significant deficits to the Pioneers (1-9, 0-3) in each of the first two sets, able to overcome the gap only in the first to enter the third game tied at one set apiece. Trailing 3-0 in the third, Grayson County caught fire.
Starting with two Pioneer errors, the Blue Devils reeled off 13 of the next 14 points to blast its way to a 25-12 win. Natasha Moore had four winners at the net early in the run and Mary Meier added a tip and a kill late in the spurt. A Brandi Goad push and a Fort hit into the net widened the gap to 11 points, 17-6.
Kills by Camryn McGrady and Destiny Shupe had Grayson leading 22-8.
The momentum carried over into the fourth set, which saw the Devils break away from a 5-4 lead with six unanswered points. McGrady had two blocks and a kill in the rally and Madison McCormick fired an ace to widen the lead to 14-5.
Off went the furnace and on came the AC as Fort Chiswell clawed its way back to within a point, 19-18, behind a half-dozen hitting and passing errors by Grayson.
Meier righted the Blue Devils with a flurry of kills, and another McGrady spike had the Devils back in front 24-18 before a Fort pass into the net ended the match.
Grayson County trailed 18-13 in the opening set when Meier first sparked the Devils with three spikes that led to a 6-1 run. Shupe’s kill gave Grayson the lead for good at 21-20 and her kill was returned into the net for game point.
Grayson squandered a 10-7 lead in the second set as Ashleya Crite took command of the net for the Pioneers.
Galax def. Graham 3-0: The Maroon Tide maintained its lead in the MED standings Tuesday with an easy 25-7, 25-9, 25-8 win over Graham in Galax.
Allison White went off at the net for Galax (14-1, 5-0) with 16 kills and three blocks, adding five digs and 10 serving points.
Bailey Shumate also hit double figures in kills with 10 to go with a dozen assists and Ashley Frye ripped four aces among her 13 points.