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Tide notches eye-opening win

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Galax rallied to knock off one of the area's top volleyball teams.

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 FLOYD -- No. 301 came a lot quicker than did No. 300.

Galax, which waited nearly a year to win the 300th game in the career of coach Rose Houk on Tuesday, stunned Floyd County in five games on Thursday, taking a 25-22, 21-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-10 win over the Buffaloes. Floyd County, ranked among the top 10 team in Timesland, took an easy third game win to lead two games to one, but Galax (2-2) bounced back in the fourth and eventually claimed the decisive fifth game. “This was a huge win for our team,” said Houk. “I’m so proud of our girls. They played awesome. We didn’t have a good third game, but the girls didn’t quit after that.” Allison White put away a team-high 20 kills to go with four blocks for Galax. Kelsey Reedy and Bailey Shumate had 16 and 15 digs, respectively, while Jenna White and Drew Cardwell combined for 31 assists. Cardwell (15 points) and Allison White (13) paced the Tide at the serving line. Carroll Co. def. Grayson Co. 3-0: The Cavaliers improved to 3-1 on the year with a 25-10, 25-9, 25-16 win in a nondistrict match Tuesday in Hillsville. Nine Cavaliers shared the team’s 31 kills, with four putting down between five and seven each, led by Wendy Burcham’s seven. Maleah Neely served for 16 points, followed by Autumn Fink (12) and Sarah Singleton (11). Honesty Rogers had a team-high eight digs and Neely put up 11 assists.  CROSS COUNTRY Cavaliers win: Carroll County had five of the top eight finishers in taking a four-team win Wednesday at the Carroll County Recreation Department. Following the trail of Graham’s Forrest Yates (19 minutes, 31 seconds) and Dalton White (20:15), who finished first and second, Carroll County had five of the next six finishers, paced by the third-place showing of Kendall Haynes (20:25). Right behind Haynes were the Cavaliers’ Wayne Bugh (21:32), Seth Webb (23:20), Tyler Horton (23:30), Richlands’ Jordan Plaster (23:39) and Carroll’s Benny Bolen (24:07). Carroll finished with a five-man total of 25 points, followed by Graham (45) and Rural Retreat (71). Richlands fielded an incomplete team. Three of the top six runners were Cavaliers in the girls’ race. Evan Ferrell of Richlands and Graham’s Ariel Sitler finished first and second, followed by Carroll’s Felicia Combs (third, 26:12), Casey Lawson (fifth, 29:47) and Elise Zyvloski (sixth, 29:47). Austin Puckett won the 2-mile boys’ middle school race in 10:57, and Karissa Hayden was second in the girls’ middle school race.