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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened strong in all three games of its nondistrict match with Grayson County, knocking off the Blue Devils 25-5, 25-10, 25-12 Thursday.
Carroll County (16-0 overall) bolted to an 11-1 lead in the first game with an 8-0 run sparked by Leanna Rippey’s kill. Kim Caudill had two jump-serve aces while Rippey and Lindsey Poe each had a kill in the run.
Maleah Neely’s spike pushed the lead to 15-3 before Grayson County got a tip from Rebecca Johnson. An errant Cavalier kill attempt put the score at 17-5 before Carroll County finished up with eight unanswered points. Neely served for the final seven points, including three aces, and Sarah Singleton had a kill off a great diving dig by Neely.
Grayson County’s Haley Johnson opened the second game with a kill, and the Devils were tied 2-2 before Carroll County went on an 11-2 run. Lauren Roper had a block and a dink to spark the rally, and Jessi Goad served for three consecutive aces.
Grayson County got a spike from Rebecca Johnson and an ace serve from Haley Johnson before Carroll County finished with four unanswered points for a two-game lead.
In the third, the Cavaliers led 10-2 on three aces by Caudill and a Neely kill. Catherine Vaughan’s spike opened a 3-0 Grayson run, and a missed kill attempt by Carroll County had the Devils down just 11-7.
Trish Reed’s spike gave Honesty Rogers the serve, and Rogers ripped off five aces in a12-0 run.
Grayson County answered with a 5-1 run sparked by Rebecca Johnson’s kill before Reed set up Dionna Reece for a match-ending kill.
Eight different Cavaliers had at east one kill each, led by Caudill’s 10 and Rippey’s five. Caudill served for 21 points, Rogers added 17 and Singleton had 11 points.
Defensively, Rogers, Neely and Caudill had three digs each and Caudill came up with seven blocks.
Neely and Amber Cannaday combined for 13 assists.
Carroll County won the JV match 25-14, 25-14 behind 17 serving points from Autumn Fink and 13 from Kelsey Pickett.
Abingdon Invitational: Galax had one final tune-up before hosting the Mountain Empire District meet, competing in the Abingdon Invitational at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol.
The race was unique in that no team scores were kept. The top five finishers in each grade received medals, with Galax runners earning a total of six medals.
Manuel Echeagaray was second among senior boys, finishing the 3-mile course in a career-best time of 16 minutes, 4 seconds. Freshman Travis Cockerham was third in his division with a time of 17:59, also a career best, while Issac Jordan and Tyler Kirby posted career-best times in a 2-mile event. Jordan finished first in the 7th-grade boys division, Chandler Quesenberry was third and Kirby placed fourth.
For the girls, Galax’s Marleigh Durham was fourth among 10th-graders with a time of 20:41.
Eighth-grader Lynsey McChesney ran a career-best time of 23:09.