Volleyball drops four MVAC matches

By Nathan Ham - nham@civitasmedia.com

Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post - Haley Phipps returns a serve during a home match against Starmount.

WEST JEFFERSON — The varsity volleyball team hit a bit of a skid as of late, losing four of the team’s last five Mountain Valley Athletic Conference matches.

Sept. 22 – West Wilkes 3, Ashe 1

Ashe won the first set but it was West Wilkes that captured wins in the final three sets to win the match. The Lady Huskies beat the Blackhawks 25-20 in the first set, but came out on the losing in the rest of the way. West Wilkes won the second set, 25-16 and the third set, 25-21. In the fourth and final set, the Blackhawks cruised to a 25-18 win.

McKenzie Mastin led the Blackhawks with 15 kills in the victory. Sophomore Lauren Anderson had 10 blocks and senior Carrie Pennell led the way with 20 assists.

Sept. 27 – Alleghany 3, Ashe 0

The defending 1A state champs finished off a quick three-set sweep over the visiting Lady Huskies.

Alleghany won the first and second sets by identical 25-9 scores before closing out Ashe with a 25-14 win in the third set.

Ashe County junior Mattie Joines had five kills and 10 attacks. Lynsey Aldridge added a team-high 12 attacks. Sophomore Rayna Blevins led the way with five digs while senior Lyndsi Goodman added four. Goodman also had six assists in the loss.

Sept. 29 – Ashe 3, Elkin 1

The Lady Huskies snapped a three-game losing skid with a four-set victory over Elkin at home.

Ashe took the first two sets by 25-16 and 25-21 scores. Elkin battled back to win the third set, 25-22, but Ashe held off the Lady Elks in the fourth set by a 25-13 score to clinch the victory.

Aldridge had one of her best matches of the season with five serving aces, 14 kills and 24 attacks. Blevins added nine kills and Joines had eight. Gianna Federico had six kills, Haley Phipps had two, Corinne Jones had two and Molly Shelton added one.

Goodman had 23 assists to lead the team with Phipps not far behind with 18 assists.

Oct. 4 – Starmount 3, Ashe 1

Last week, the Rams won the final two sets to take home a 3-1 victory.

Starmount took the first set by a 25-17 score. Ashe answered back with a 25-18 victory to tie things up at one set apiece.

The Rams closed strong with a 25-17 win in the third set.

In the fourth set, each team went back and forth with scoring points but it would be the Rams that held on for a 27-25 victory.

Oct. 6 – Wilkes Central 3, Ashe 2

In a match that needed all five sets to declare a winner, the Eagles came up with some big hits in the final set to win the match.

Central jumped ahead with a 27-25 win in the first set.

Ashe scored wins in the next two sets, 25-20 and 27-25.

In the fourth set, Ashe had its chances but it would end up going Wilkes Central’s way by a 25-22 score.

In the final set, the Eagles went on a scoring run to pull away for a 15-8 win.

Ashe County is now 5-11 overall and 2-9 in the MVAC.

MVAC standings

*As of Oct. 10

1. North Wilkes: 16-3, 11-0

2. Alleghany: 12-6, 9-2

3. Starmount: 8-10, 7-4

4. West Wilkes: 10-6, 6-4

5. Elkin: 4-11, 4-6

6. Ashe County: 5-11, 2-9

7. Wilkes Central: 5-13, 2-9

8. East Wilkes: 3-12, 2-9

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post – Haley Phipps returns a serve during a home match against Starmount.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Haley-Phipps-senior.jpgNathan Ham | Jefferson Post – Haley Phipps returns a serve during a home match against Starmount.

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