Wins have been far and few of late for the Watauga High volleyball team. But the Pioneers (13-9 overall; 8-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) kept their NW3A/4A Conference title hopes alive by knocking off Alexander Central in
a three-game sweep Tuesday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pioneers defeated Alexander Central 25-10, 25-22, 26-24. The win keeps WHS within striking distance of St. Stephens for first place and a share of the conference title. The Indians defeated Freedom in a non-conference match, 3-0. The Indians won the match, 25-9, 25-7, 25-15. Rebecca Millsaps and Jody Kerley led St. Stephens with seven dig apiece, while Katelyn Houser had 10 assists and five kills, Jenna Boliek had five kills and seven digs, Mallory Hoyle had five kills and Bailey Cloninger added eight assists.
Sarah Combs led WHS with 29 assists and four kills; Rebecca Hayes had 12 kills and six blocks; Meredith Farthing had eight kills; Channing Hagaman had six kills and 12 digs; Ashlyn VanDyke had 22 digs and three aces; and Emily Hinshaw had eight digs and five aces. WHS won the JV match, 2-1. The Pioneers won the third and deciding game, 25-22. Abby Hicks led the way with 25 assistand ten digs; Sydney Farthing had six kills and 12 digs; Blake Byrd had eight kills and two blocks; Alina Kosmala had four kilsl adn two blocks; Makenzie Presnell had 22 digs and Bridget McKinney had 16 digs.
The Pioneers travel to South Caldwell Thursday night.
Watauga Varsity defeated Alexander Central
25-10, 25-22, 26-24
Sarah Combs 29 assists, 4 kills
Rebecca Hayes 12 kills, 6 blocks
Meredith Farthing 8 kills
Channing Hagaman 6 kills, 12 digs
Ashlyn VanDyke 22 digs, 3 aces
Emily Hinshaw 8 digs, 5 aces
Watauga JV Volleyball defeated Alexander Central
25-22, 15-25, 25-22
Abby Hicks 25 assists, 10 digs
Sydney Farthing 6 kills, 12 digs
Blake Byrd 8 kills, 2 blocks
Alina Kosmala 4 kills, 2 blocks
Makenzie Presnell 22 digs
Bridget McKinney 16 digs
Pioneers Finish Second at Catawba Springs
Savanna Wood has six shots to make up with two regular-season matches left on the schedule tio defend her title in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference. The Watauga High junior, who won medalist honors in women's golf last season, trails Abbey Hartsell of Alexander Central by six strokes following Tuesday's NW3A/4A Conference match at the Catawba Springs Golf Club in Hickory. St. Stephens was the host school.
Wood fired a 37 on Tuesday afternoon;, and she has a total score of 113 for the year. Hartsell won medalist honors by besting the field with a 36. She has a total score of 107 with two matches left. The Cougars won the match with a team score of 117. The Pioneers had their best showing of the season by finishing second, but shot a 145 and finished a whopping 28 shots back. South Caldwell finished third with a 154; Hickory was fourth with a 155.
The Cougars are two matches away from winning the conference title. The Cougars lead the league with a team score of 487; South Caldwell is in second place, 90 shots off the lead with a team score of 568. The Pioneers are third with a 583.
Mary Seramur had a 52 for the Pioneers; Tasha Wilson had a 56 and Rebekah Shoemake had a 57. The Pioneers will play a rescheduled match at the Orchard Hills Golf Club in Granite Falls (South Caldwell is the host school), and they wrap up the regular season at the Brushy Mountain Country Club in Taylorsville on Tuesday.
WHS CROSS COUNTRY @ UNITED WAY INVIATIONAL IN NEWTON
WATAUGA MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL v. GAMEWELL, 4:30 P.M.