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West Brunswick’s chances for a conference title dimmed after a five-game loss to league leader Hoggard Sept. 23 at West.
The Vikings beat the Trojans 19-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-8.
Hoggard remained perfect in the conference. West lost for only the second time in the conference, with both losses to Hoggard.
West trailed 9-6 in the first game but went on a 4-0 run behind the serving of Miriah Milliken. She hit two service winners and Anna Hart had two blocks as West took a 10-9 lead.
The game remained close thereafter, and West took a 20-18 lead on a Hoggard error. A cross-court kill by Jordan Shaw put West ahead 22-18. An exchange of sideouts left West ahead 23-19, and West got the game-winning points on two kills by Hart.
Shaw’s serving in the second game was the key to a 5-0 run that put Hoggard down 21-14. West slowly gained the remaining points for the 25-17 victory.
Hoggard began its comeback at the start of the third game, taking leads of 5-1 and 9-5. West battled to a 10-10 tie, and there were six ties afterward. But with West ahead 19-18, the Vikings scored two points on service winners and scored two more points for a 22-19 lead.
The Trojans scored a point on a kill by Winters, but Hoggard scored off a West error and held serve for a 25-20 victory.
Hoggard took advantage of an early error by West in the fourth game to score five straight points en route to an 11-5 lead. West never got closer than five points the rest of the game in the 25-13 loss.
In the deciding fifth game, West trailed 9-8 before Hoggard scored a point on a kill and went on a 6-0 run for the 15-8 victory.
For West, Shaw made 29 passes, had eight kills, had four digs and scored six points as a server. Hart had 18 passes, five digs, eight blocks, 11 kills and six points as a server. Winters made 18 passes, had eight kills and scored six points as a server. Stacy Jackson made 12 passes and scored 11 points as a server. Kenzie McDuffie had 28 assists and scored seven points as a server. Carly White had 11 blocks. Milliken scored nine points off serves.
EAST COLUMBUS 0
Despite not making a single block, South Brunswick won in three games Sept. 23 at East Columbus.
The Cougars improved to 6-1 in the conference, in the 25-18, 25-10, 25-8 victory. Caitlin Bevill assisted on 63 of the 75 points.
Jenna Kazmierczak scored 11 points (with six aces), and Brittany Spivey and Bevill scored 10 each. Spivey had five aces and Bevill four. Kazmierczak also led in digs (11) and kills (nine). Christina Deveney had five digs and six kills. Rheanna Lawson had six kills, Bevill five and Spivey four.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK 3
The South Brunswick High School volleyball team rallied to beat Ashley 25-27, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-5 in a nonconference match Sept. 27 at Ashley.
Caitlin Bevill scored 17 points (with four aces) and she had six digs. In the marathon match, she had 121 assists.
Christina Deveney had 20 kills, 14 digs and 10 points. Jenna Kazmierczak had 15 kills, 13 digs and seven points. Brooke Herr had 12 digs. Brittany Spivey scored 11 points, had eight digs and seven kills. Madison Walker scored eight points and had eight digs. Rheanna Lawson had 13 kills. Nicole Ray had 12 kills.
South is 7-7 overall.
MICHAEL PAUL is sports editor of the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or email@example.com.