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Cavs stay hot, topple Devils

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Carroll County won for the fourth straight time in three sets, knocking off Grayson County.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County continued the torrid start to its season and improved to 4-0 on the year with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-10 nondistrict win Tuesday over Grayson County.

The Cavaliers, who have yet to give up a set on the year, used lengthy runs in the first and third games to keep their record spotless.

Carroll County led 16-8 in the first game when a Grayson County kill attempt into the net turned the serve over to Dionna Reece, who fired a pair of aces in a decisive 9-0 run to the finish. Lauren Roper had a scoring block during the run, which included six Grayson County hitting or passing errors.

The Blue Devils (1-1) rallied from an early deficit to give the Cavaliers a run in the second game. Carroll County had taken a 14-6 lead on an Autumn Fink ace followed by two Lexi Hodge kills, but Grayson County’s Destiny Shupe unleashed three consecutive aces to help pull the Blue Devils back to within three points at 14-11.

Reece’s kill broke Shupe’s serve and started an 8-2 Carroll County rally to give the Cavaliers some separation. Roper, Reece, Hodge and Maleah Neely each registered a kill during the run, which ended with Becca Johnson’s dink for the Blue Devils.

Grayson County got to within 22-16 on an Erin Barrett block, but the Cavaliers took the game with a 3-1 finishing rally.

Two Roper aces boosted the Cavaliers to an 8-2 lead in the third, and Neely later served for eight straight points as the advantage swelled to 19-5. Roper and Ashley Willard each had two scoring plays at the net during the run, and Morgan Dickens later capped the game with back-to-back aces.

Roper enjoyed a big night at the net with 10 kills and five blocks to go with 13 serving points, including a couple of aces. Reece served for a game-high five aces among her 16 points and Neely had 15 serving points.

Hodge put away six kills, with five more from both Autumn Hill and Neely.

Reece, Neely and Honesty Rogers came up with seven digs apiece, and Neely set up 17 assists.

Barrett led Grayson County with nine kills and five blocks, Shupe had three aces and five digs and Brandi Goad put up 23 assists.