East Hardy Volleyball survived a rally in the first set before making adjustments on a straight set match victory over the Lady Wildcats in Franklin last Thursday: 26-24, 25-13, 25-16.
“We are really proud of their effort. We have been working on playing a really good 25 points, rather than playing some and relaxing. Playing the game full throttle is what we are working on. We struggled in the first game with that, but the second two we did much better getting into the groove. We were serving with power. This was probably the best game these two setters have had this season,” East Hardy coach Ashley Taylor noted.
The Lady Cougars started the match with two service points by Emily Moyers as Pendleton County struggled to return the ball in play.
A spike by McKenzie Arbaugh and an ace delivered by Katie Scott evened the first set for the Lady Wildcats.
East Hardy’s SierraMarie Miller notched a point as her attack was sent back into the net to regain the lead, then Rebecca Whetzel’s serve created a point as one defender touched the ball twice, 4-2.
Arbaugh notched a point, then the Lady Cougars notched six consecutive points with the help of some miscues.
A serve by Pendleton County’s Mariah Huffman landed in the net, then East Hardy’s Molly Yates had an attack returned out of bounds during the serve by Jessica Smith.
Miller blocked the attack of Arbaugh to add a point, then Smith’s serve was carried by the Lady Wildcats.
East Hardy’s Erin Riggle and Jaden Fleshman recorded points on kills for a 10-3 advantage.
The Lady Wildcats’ Emma Thompson made an attack and it wasn’t returned, then Fleshman responded with a point in the back corner.
Miller served an ace for the Lady Cougars, then Riggle blocked a shot for a point.
After a net error, Riggle made another block and Molly Yates delivered an ace to give East Hardy a 15-5 lead.
Miller and Perry Whetzel made digs to keep the ball in play, then Pendleton County’s next attack from Braelyn Tharp deflected off the dig attempt of Smith out of bounds.
East Hardy’s Rebecca Whetzel had an attack returned into the net before a serve by Fleshman hit the net, 16-7.
East Hardy went up 17-9 on a kill by Rebecca Whetzel, then the Lady Wildcats got points from Tharp and Scott (ace) plus a hitting error.
The digs on both sides of the net got the crowd pumped up more and Smith created a point as her shot was knocked back in the net.
Fleshman earned a point on a kill and Rebecca Whetzel served up an ace for a 20-13 score.
The Lady Cougars had a serve hit the net and two hits go awry as the deficit went down to 20-16.
Riggle’s attack was met by a dig from Pendleton County’s Kaley Sponaugle before Tharp redirected the ball into the net.
Smith served an ace to give East Hardy a 22-16 advantage, but the Lady Wildcats refused to go down quietly.