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HILLSVILLE –– On a night when everybody was thinking pink, Carroll County was also thinking ‘win.’
The Cavaliers and Pulaski County promoted breast cancer awareness with their Dig Pink Night, and Carroll came away with the River Ridge District win, pulling away from a tight battle in the first set and taking a 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 win over the Cougars.
The Cavaliers improved to 9-6 overall, 2-3 in the River Ridge, while Pulaski County dropped to 1-10, 0-5.
Tied 16-all, Carroll County closed out the first set by winning nine of the next 11 points. Though the Cavaliers trailed early in the second set, they were not seriously threatened late in either of the next two sets.
Carroll trailed 7-3 in the second when it surged into the lead with a 7-1 run that started with five Pulaski errors and finished with a Gracie Lindsey ace and a Jessica Sheek kill. Pulaski led one last time, 11-10, before the Cavaliers began pulling away. Up 16-14, Carroll got some separation by winning five unanswered points, including a Rachel Farmer block and a Cheyenne Strickland ace. The teams traded errors before Eustacia Smith powered a blast through the Pulaski blockers to put the Cavaliers up two sets to none.
Carroll County coasted through the third set after opening with four straight points, two of them on Sheek aces, as the Cavaliers would tally seven aces in the third set alone. Brianna Delby put three serves into open spaces of hardwood to fuel a seven-point run that saw Carroll take a 15-5 lead. Eight of the Cavaliers’ final 10 points came via either dropped balls or hitting and passing miscues by the Cougars.
Sheek totaled eight kills for Carroll County while Cheyenne Strickland added eight serving points and six assists. Morgan Tompkins served for 20 points while Delby and Megan Alderman each had four aces. Smith put away six kills for the Cavaliers and Lindsey came up with 15 digs.
Grayson County def. Narrows 3-0: The Blue Devils got back on track after seeing a lengthy win streak snapped the night before, handling the Green Wave 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 in a Mountain Empire District match Tuesday in Narrows.
Camryn McGrady’s 14 kills were tops for Grayson County (10-2, 2-0) while Autumn Halsey came up with 11 digs.
Lindsey Kast had eight kills for Narrows (7-5, 3-1).
Galax def. Bland County 3-0: The Maroon Tide had little trouble running its season record to 9-3, taking the three-set win Tuesday at Bland.
Galax (3-1 MED) got a balanced attack at the net as Paige Hanks, Morgan Neff, Stacy Shumate and Brady Kinser all had between five and eight kills each.
Susan Davis put up 21 assists and served for 10 aces.
Glenvar def. Grayson County 3-2: The Highlanders avenged last week’s loss to the Blue Devils, going to extra points in the final two sets to pull out the 17-25, 25-9, 15-25, 28-26, 16-14 win in Salem.
The setback ended a streak of nine straight wins for Grayson County (9-2).
Haley Green had 16 kills and four blocks for Glenvar (8-2) and Megan Ward accounted for 15 digs, five kills and four aces.
Mary Meier led the Blue Devils with nine kills. McGrady added eight blocks and Taylor Cannaday provided 21 assists.
Salem def. Carroll County 3-0: The Spartans went to extra points in the third set to take the straight-sets win last Thursday in Hillsville, coming away with a 25-16, 25-21, 27-25 River Ridge District victory.
Darrett Kemp led Salem (6-4) with 14 kills and Sophie Girgah had eight kills and eight blocks.
Smith put away 18 kills for Carroll County (8-6), Alderman had 19 assists and the Cavs got nine kills and six assists from Strickland.