Watauga High volleyball coach Kris Hagaman is desperately searching for answers. But everywhere she turns leads to another dead end. The Pioneers (11-6), who seemed nearly invincible just a week ago, have fallen on hard times. WHS
is mired in a four-game losing streak (its longest slide since 2002), and there's no explanation for it. The Pioneers suffered another pratfall Wednesday night as they dropped a 3-1 decision to West Iredell in a non-conference game at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
"We just can't seem to find any consistency in our game right now," Hagaman said. "Every time it looks like we're going to put a run together, we start making mistakes and it falls apart. We're making too many mistakes. We just have to keep at it and work our way out of this."
WHS actually led 20-15 in the opening set before the Warriors came charging back to win the match, 26-24. The wheels came off in the second set as West Iredell wonb 25-11. WHS came back to win the third set, 25-16, but West Iredell put the match away defeating WHS 25-16 in the fourth and final set.
"We came back real strong in the third set, especially after the way we played in the second set," Hagaman said. "But then we had another letdown and lost the match. It's real frustrating."
Sarah Combs, who has been solid at the JV level this season, led the Pioneers with 23 assists Wednesday night. Rebecca Hayes had eight kills and nine blocks. Channing Hagaman had eight kills and six blocks; Meredith Farthing six kills and Ashlyn Van Dyke had 15 digs.
And apparantly whatever is ailing the varsity team has seeped down to the JV team. The JV's (10-3) lost their second match in a row with a three-set loss to West Iredell, 25-23, 18-25, 20-25. Abby Hicks had 14 assists, Sydney Farthing had eight kills and Makenzie Presnell had 17 digs. The Pioneers entertain Fred T. Foard at Lentz-Eggers Gym tonight at 5 p.m.
Watauga Varsity was defeated by West Iredell
24-26, 11-25, 25-16, 16-25
Sarah Combs 23 assists
Rebecca Hayes 9 blocks, 8 kills
Channing Hagaman 8 kills, 6 blocks
Meredith 6 kills
Ashlyn Vandyke 15 digs
Watauga JV loses to West Iredell
25-23, 18-25, 20-25
Abby Hicks 14 assists
Sydney Farthing 8 kills
Makenzie Presnell 17 digs
WOLVERINES COME UP SHORT
The Watauga Middle School football suffered a 20-16 setback at Granite Falls Wednesday night. Joey Watson scored on a ten-yard run and Hamilton Castle hooked up with Corey West on a 65-yard touchdown pass. West tossed a two-point conversion pass to Justin Hollars, and Case Taylor scored on a two-point conversion run.
"We just made too many mistakes," said WHS coach Steve Breitenstein. "We had our chances to win the game, but we just kept finding ways to stop ourselves. Don't get me wrong, Granite Falls is a good football team, but we also hurt ourselves with a lot of mistakes."
The Wolverines (3-2) return home to play Hibriten next Tuesday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m.
WHS VOLLEYBALL v. FRED T. FOARD, 5 P.M.
WHS TENNIS v. FRED T. FOARD, 4 P.M.