The Watauga High volleyball team has dropped two in a row.
Believe it or not, that's WHS's (1-2) longest losing streak in ten years. The last time that WHS dropped two in a row was back in 2002 (Kim Pryor's second season as head coach), and that team finished the season at 12-16. Thursday night's loss was a tough one to take.
The Pioneers won the first two games before A.C. Reynolds came back to win the match 3-2 (18-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-13) down in Asheville. It's also the first time ACR has beaten WHS since 2002.
"Very frustrating," said WHS coach Kris Hagaman. "Especially to be leading 2-0, and to let it slip away. Tough one to take. We're just not playing well right now."
It was WHS's second five-set loss in three days. The Pioneers dropped a five-set decision against North Surry at Lentz-Eggers Gym. Kristen Carter and Anna Church paced the Pioneers. Carter finished with 25 assists, five aces and 13 digs; Church had 28 assists and six kills. Rebecca Hayes added ten kills and four blocks; Skylar Hicks had 14 digs.
The JV team (3-0) won again as the Pioneers outlasted ACR in a two-game sweep, 25-20, 25-22. Whitney Dunnigan led WHS with 11 assists, four aces and seven digs. Sierra Hill had eight kills, Cheyenna Jones had 11 digs and Meredith Farthing had six kills and two assists.
WHS will host a tri-meet Saturday at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pioneers will play Newton-Conover at 10 a.m. and Enka at 2 p.m.
WHS TENNIS BLOWS OUT SPARTANS
The Watuaga High women's tennis team coasted to an easy victory in its home opener Thursday night at the Sports Complex.
The Pioneers (3-1 overall; 2-0 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) blasted South Caldwell 9-0 in a NW3A/4A match. Meredith Smith, Hannah Petersen, Sarah Peterson, Margaret Anagnos, Liz Clark and Nicole Fox were all victorious in singles play; Emily Burwell and Grace Owen won at No.1 doubles, Kylie Winkleman and Taylor Paige won at No.2 and Gab Meufield and Ali Maupin picked up a win at No.3.
The Pioneers travel to Hibriten Tuesday night. August 30. And head coach Christine Vanard has announced that WHS has added another match to the schedule. The Pioneers travel to Asheville Wednesday, October 5. And there is a possibility that WHS may also play T.C. Roberson on October 12 in Skyview. But nothing has been finalized as of yet concerning that match.
WHS SOCCER BLANKS PATTON
The Watauga High men's soccer team wrapped-up tournament play at the Patton Invitational by knocking off the host school, Patton, 2-0 Thursday night in Morganton.
Jake Chasteen scored both WHS (4-1) goals in the second half. His tally at the 55-minute mark snapped a scoreless tie. Brian Greer picked up an assist on the play; and Chasteen scored an insurance goal two minutes later on an assist by Logan Raichle.
"It was a good team win," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "I was very pleased with the effort tonight. Jake had two nice goals, and after he scored the first one, it opened things up for his second goal."
The Pioneers travel to West Jefferson to play Ashe County Monday night, August 29.
WHS JV'S BLAST ASHE COUNTY
The Watauga High JV football team cracked the win column Thursday night at Jack Groce Stadium.
And freshman T.J. Poulos returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, and he also scored on a six-yard run. WHS (1-1) wiped out a 12-7 deficit by scoring 20-unanswered points.
Quarterback Austin Northern scored on a four-yard run, and Zack Williams tallied on a two-yard run. Stephen Shirley had two extra points.
"It was a good win for the kids," said WHS JV coach Klay Anderson. "It was back-and-forth for a while, but we finally broke through in the third quarter. It's good to get that first one under our belts."
Avery comes to town next Thursday night, September 1.