The first of two annual intra-county volleyball matches was held in Daleville last week and host Lord Botetourt downed James River in a spirited match, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-11.
Becca Huddleston led the Cavaliers with 12 kills in three sets and also had two blocks. Emma Rice and Nora Spickard had eight kills each while Rice had three blocks and Nora served up six aces. Skylar Morris had 31 assists and four digs and Brie Beddingfield had a dozen digs.
For River, Emma Francis and Emma Lester led with six kills each. Ripley Barry had three kills and three blocks, Mary Hoye had nine digs and Belle Stewart had seven assists.
“We played well but had trouble with their middles’ offense,” said River coach Davina Copsey.
With the win the Cavaliers evened their season record at 3-3. A day prior to the win over River the Cavaliers defeated Cave Spring in four sets in Roanoke County, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13 and 25-16.
Huddleston led the team again in kills with 11 at Cave Spring while Rice had 10 kills and five blocks. Morris had 34 assists, Beddingfield had 18 digs and Erica Gergely had four kills, 10 digs and three aces.
“The team played well against Cave Spring and James River this week,” said coach Julie Conner. “Our passing improved from last week and we were able to run our offense more efficiently. We are improving each week as we are becoming more consistent and developing our team chemistry.”
James River bounced back with a win over Bassett in Springwood on Monday of this week. The Knights won 25-10, 25-11, 15-25 and 25-15 to improve to 3-2. Francis had 11 kills and three blocks, Lexi McCullough had nine kills and Hoye led the defense with a game high 24 digs. Stewart and Konner Myers, both sophomores, had 15 assists each and Lester had four aces for the Knights.
River will be back in action tonight at Covington while LB is scheduled to host Christiansburg on Thursday of this week. The two Botetourt County schools will go head-to-head for a second time next Monday, September 19, in Springwood.