The Watauga High volleyball team has shown a great deal of grit and determiniation this season. The Pioneers (4-1) battled their way to a 3-1 win Tuesday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym against Polk County (a Class 2A school from
the Western Highlands 1A/2A Conference) in a non-conference match. Watauga put the contest away with a 25-10 win in the fourth set.
"We finally shook them off in that fourth game," said WHS coach Kris Hagaman. "They were a tough team. They matched up with us real well in the first three games. But we finally broke away at the end."
The first three games were decided by the mear total of seven points (25-21, 24-26, 27-25). Rebecca Hayes and Channing Hagaman backboned WHS as those two combined for 35 kills. Hayes had 17 kills and six blocks; Hagaman had 18 kills and 26 digs. Kristen Carter had 43 assists and Ashlyn Van Dyke had 42 digs.
Hayes had her 17 kills on 31 attempts with only two errors. She is ranked by MaxPreps.com among the state leaders in hitting percentage She led the state last season in that category (48.2%), according to MaxPreps. Hagaman is ranked in the top ten in kills (she was third last year), and Carter is ranked in the top ten in assists (she led the state last fall). Van Dyke is ranked in the top 20 in digs (she was third in the state last yaer).
Van Dyke has also made a verbal commitment to attend Bluefield College (an NAIA school in Bluefield, Va.) to play volleyball next season. Anna Church and Colby Combs, who graduated from WHS last spring, are currently freshmen at Bluefield. Meredith Farthing had nine kills and 21 digs; Emily Hinshaw had 15 digs in Tuesday night's win.
The JV team (4-1) won its match, 2-1: 22-25, 25-21, 25-23. Keirsten McClannon had 16 kills; Sydney Farthing had nine kills, Callie Idol had five kills, Sarah Combs had 29 assists and Bridget McKinney had 11 digs. WHS opens Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play at St. Stephens Thursday night.
WHS CROSS COUNTRY @ ALEXANDER CENTRAL RELAY MEET
WHS TENNIS @ WILKES CENTRAL, 4 P.M.
WHS SOCCER v, PATTON, 5 P.M.
THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE FOOTBALL
WEST ASHE 27, BAKERSVILLE 6