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Lady Knights Face Tough Gilmer County Team in Tri Match

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Sep 15, 2021

The Lady Knights Volleyball Team saw its schedule cut short this past week, due to Covid quarantining on other teams. Fortunately, the Knights have been relatively healthy and continue to play good volleyball. On Tuesday, they traveled to Glenville to take on Gilmer County and Braxton County in a tri-match.

In the first match, Braxton County would prove to be no match for the Knights as they quickly jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Playing without the services of freshman Juliana Lattea, the Knights continued to increase the lead and would go on to win set 1 by a score of 25-13. In the second set, the Knights’ serving would be the key as the Silver and Black were able to keep Braxton out of sync, and took the set 25-7. Leading the way for the Knights were Caleigh Phillips, with 12 points, 11 kills, and 5 assists, Caitlyn Northcraft, with 9 points and 16 assists. After the match, Coach Summers said, “Braxton is better than the scores may show. A shout out goes to our seniors, who are helping our younger players understand what it takes to travel two hours, get off a bus and play well.”

The second match was against the 8-1 Gilmer Titans, who are considered to be a favorite to reach the state tournament out of their region. “Gilmer has a very athletic group of girls who are having great success in volleyball and basketball are led by six seniors. We knew this was going to be a tough match,” said Summers.

The first set was exactly what was predicted with both teams playing great floor defense and serving up long rallies. The Knights were able to stay close and held the lead on several occasions; however Gilmer, behind an enthusiastic crowd would go on to win set one 25-19. The Knights shook off the first set and gained enough momentum to win the second set 25-23, and set up a third set. Behind the aggressive serving of Senior Audrey Dennis, the Knights jumped out to a 7-3 lead and appeared on their way to victory, only to see Gilmer regroup and take a 18-11 lead. They went to win the final set 25-16 and took a 2-1 match victory. Dennis finished the match with 10 points and 18 digs, Junior Caitlyn Hayes had 6 points, 3 kills, and fellow Junior Tanley McEldowney had 6 points, 19 digs in the match.

Said Coach Summers, “This was a match between two very good volleyball teams and it showcased how good high school volleyball is in our state.”

A busy week awaits the Knights this week with seven matches against high caliber teams.