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Cavaliers serve up trio of volleyball wins

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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County improved to 9-0 on the year with a three-win week, including two wins in Southwest District play.

The Cavaliers (9-0 overall, 4-0 district) fired 16 aces in a 25-11, 25-6, 25-20 win over Graham on Thursday, missing just one serve in the first two games, and that coming on a foot fault with a 21-5 lead in the second. Maleah Neely and Leanna Rippey combined for nine aces, and six different Cavaliers had at least one ace each.

Many non-aced serves resulted in the G-Girls simply struggling to get a decent shot back over the net as the Cavaliers led 9-0 in the second game and 5-0 in both the first and third games.

An ace on a jump serve by Kim Caudill spotted Carroll County an 11-1 lead in the first game, and kills by Caudill and Sarah Singleton pushed the lead to 12 points, 19-7. Caudill, Rippey and Dionna Reece registered consecutive kills to put the first game away.

Neely opened the second game on a tear, serving for nine unanswered points, including three aces.

Back-to-back Lauren Roper aces, followed by a Caudill smash, boosted the lead to 21-5. Caudill had two more spikes followed by a Neely knuckleball ace to cap the second game win.

Graham put up more of a battle in the third, despite falling behind 5-0 and then 8-1. Nicole Branch served for four points in a 5-0 G-Girl run that cut Carroll’s lead to 18-13, and Crystal Dickens aced a serve to spark another 5-0 run, pulling Graham to within 23-20. Caudill and Rippey each put a kill away to finish off the G-Girls.

Neely had a solid all-around effort, leading the team with 21 serving points, 13 assists and six digs to go with her five kills. Caudill led Carroll County with 16 kills and Rippey added seven.

Singleton had 16 serving points and Caudill 11.

Carroll def. Grundy 3-0: The Cavaliers had 24 aces Tuesday in a 25-6, 25-18, 25-11 win over the Golden Wave in Grundy, including five each by Caudill, Honesty Rogers and Trish Reed. Caudill and Neely both reached double figures in kills with 14 and 10, respectively, while Neely and Amber Cannaday combined for 23 assists.

Floyd def. Galax 3-1: A slow start doomed the Maroon Tide in a nondistrict loss Wednesday in Galax. The Tide gradually pulled together after managing just five points in the first game, and held off the Buffaloes 25-17 in the third before taking a 5-1 lead early in the fourth. Floyd County tied the game at 9-9 and slowly pulled away.

Jamie Cockerham put away 15 kills, Jenna White had 15 assists and Drew Cardwell served for 11 points for Galax. Allena King had five digs.

Carroll Co. def. Floyd Co. 3-2: A busy week started off Monday for the Cavaliers with a marathon win over the Buffaloes in a nondistrict match in Floyd.

Carroll took a 34-32 win in the second game for a two-game lead before holding on for the 25-20, 34-32, 21-25, 21-25, 15-11 win.

Caudill finished with 28 kills, 18 digs and seven blocks, Neely added 10 kills, 22 serving points, 21 assists and 16 digs, Leanna Rippey had seven kills, 15 points and 21 digs, and Amber Cannaday had 21 assists.