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HILLSVILLE –– After trading blowouts in the first two sets, Carroll County and Christiansburg finished with a pair of nailbiters, including an incredible 34-32 fourth set as the Cavaliers edged the Blue Demons in a nondistrict volleyball match Wednesday.
Jessica Sheek and Eustacia Smith each had 15 kills as Carroll took the 25-12, 16-25, 25-22, 34-32 win. Megan Alderman put up 20 assists while Smith and Sheek combined for seven blocks.
Carroll Co. 3, Magna Vista 0: The Cavaliers evened their record at 3-3 with the nondistrict win Thursday in Ridgeway. Autumn Hill served for 11 points, including a couple of aces, while Smith and Sheek totaled 11 kills.
Galax 3, Graham 0: The Maroon Tide opened Mountain Empire District play with an easy 25-6, 25-12, 25-12 home win Thursday over the G-Girls.
Galax improved to 6-0 on the year, with five wins by 3-0 counts.
Morgan Neff served for 26 points and had eight kills while Paige Hanks put down eight kills. Susan Davis provided 15 assists.
Grayson Co. 3, Fort Chiswell 0: The Blue Devils also opened district play with a rout, swamping the Pioneers 25-11, 25-11, 25-6 Thursday in Max Meadows.
Destiny Shupe and Camryn McGrady combined for 16 kills for the Blue Devils (4-0, 1-0).
Six shots separated three teams as Galax took a very tight team win over Carroll County and Grayson County in the Twin County Shootout Wednesday at Blue Ridge Country Club.
The Maroon Tide’s nine-hole, four-man total of 162 was good enough to hold off the Cavaliers by a single stroke, while the Blue Devils were just five shots behind Carroll at 168.
John Bryant and Nick Sage led Galax with scores of 37 and 39, respectively. Austin Horton and Dane Shinault both shot 40 for Carroll, which got a 41 from Ryan Gravley and a 42 from Rustin Nelson, and Grayson County was paced by Jacob Vaughan at 40 and Gavin Bailey at 41.
Galax placed second in the boys’ team standings and Grayson County was the runner-up among girls’ teams at the Spartan XC Invitational Wednesday at Giles High School.
Parry McCluer finished with 58 team points to the Maroon Tide’s 76. Grayson County was seventh with 176 and Carroll placed 10th in the 14-team event with 226.
Tyler Pauley was the top Twin County runner, finishing the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 48 seconds, good enough for seventh place. Josh Goodman of Bland outleaned Matthew Farmer of Rural Retreat at the finish line to take the individual title. Both runners posted times of 16:35.
Galax had three top-11 runners. Dustin Matthews was eighth, Issac Jordan 10th and Chandler Quesenberry 11th. Grayson’s Adam Wyatt finished 12th out of 109 runners.
In the girls’ race, Floyd County finished with 43 points to Grayson’s 59, while Parry McCluer was three points back of the Blue Devils.
Emma Wyatt of Grayson County was second overall in 21:06 and Galax’s Ashley Jordan placed third in 21:30. Grayson’s Olivia Wyatt and Galax’s Lindsey Ayers also posted top-10 finishes. Wyatt was ninth in 22:40 and Ayers placed 10th in 23:02.
Hayley Reavis (13th) and Mary Beth Cunningham (14th) of Grayson and Elise Zyvlosky (15th) of Carroll were among the top 20.
Sarah Phillips of Floyd County took the individual win with a time of 20:55.