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Using excellent serving, the West Brunswick volleyball team thrashed North Myrtle Beach 25-8, 25-13, 25-12 Monday.
The nonconference victory was the Lady Trojans’ fourth in seven days and improved their record to 6-1.
Just how good are the Trojans?
“I want to get through the conference one time to see where we stand,” coach Leslie Reeves said. “But they’re getting better and better each game. They’re starting to work together, starting to mesh a little bit better. The more they do that, the more successful we’ll be.”
The most fundamental part of the game—serving—the Trojans did best.
In the first game, Jordan Winters held serve for four straight points, hitting three service winners for an 8-2 lead. Stacy Jackson also held serve for four straight points, hitting two winners, as the Trojans went ahead 13-3.
An ace by Jordan Shaw put West Brunswick ahead 19-5, and West won the game on a service winner by Winters.
In the second game, Kenzie McDuffie starred at the service line. With the score 8-8, McDuffie held serve for 12 straight points and a 20-8 lead. In the run, McDuffie hit three winners and White had three kills.
“Getting the serves in and making the good passes and letting them make mistakes,” Reeves said, “that’s the way you’re going to win games.”
With the lead 21-8, West gained three more points on a kill by White, a kill by Mattie Tippett and an ace by Shanae Frink. West won the game on a error by the Lady Chiefs.
The excellent serving continued in the third game, and this time middle hitter Carly White was the surprise server: she hit two winners in a 4-0 run that gave West a 9-3 lead.
“She always wants to (serve) every now and then,” Reeves said, “so I let her. It just depends on how the game is going. She did really well.”
A hit by Anna Hart, a dink by Dreeana Williams and winner by Shaw put the Lady Trojans ahead 15-8.
With the lead 19-11, Williams hit two service winners in a three-point run. Appropriately enough, the game and match ended on a winner by Winters.
“It’s all about fundamentals,” Reeves said. “If we can do the little things right, we’ll be OK.”
For the match McDuffie had 15 points, with two aces, and 22 assists. Winters had eight points, with four aces. White had 13 kills and four blocks. Hart had six kills, 15 passes and three digs.
Tippett had four kills. Jackson made seven passes and three digs.
Sheena Suttlemyre had three digs. Breana Gause made six passes.
“Bre had a really good game passing,” Reeves said. “She did a great job. She hit the ball well. She passed the ball well. To come off the bench like that, she helped us tremendously.”
West won the JV match 25-15, 25-9.
Below are summaries of the three other victories:
WEST BRUNSWICK 3
WHITE OAK 0
One match after a four-game loss to Hoggard, the West Brunswick volleyball team beat White Oak 25-20, 25-10, 25-20 Sept. 2.
“I told the girls a sign of a good team is how you rebound from a loss,” coach Leslie Reeves said. “You have to make a statement that you’re good.”
The Trojans made that statement at the start of the first game.
Kenzie McDuffie held serve for five straight points as the Trojans built a 5-0 lead.
That margin remained about the same until late in the game. A service winner by Miriah Milliken and a double-team block put the Trojans ahead 21-14.
A kill by Breana Gause made the lead 22-16. White Oak rallied for four points until a kill by Anna Hart gave a sideout to the Trojans. A cross-court kill by Jordan Winters led to game point, and Hart held serve for the victory.
In the second game, the Trojans played one of their most dominating games of the season. Winters held serve for seven points and Stacy Jackson for six as West ran out to a 17-5 lead.
“We had a couple of really good long streaks,” Reeves said. “They’re starting to work really well together. They were where they needed to be.”
Reeves said the key was the passing. Jordan Shaw had successful 15 passes. Hart had 11 with six digs. Jackson had nine with three digs.
“If we can pass,” Reeves said, “we’ll be OK. We’re staring to move the ball better with the setter. She’s trying to keep the blockers going nonstop. And she did a great job tonight.”
In the second game, Winters took over serving with the lead 5-4. She hit a service winner for a 7-4 lead and Carly White followed with a kill. The same pattern led to two more points and a 10-4 lead.
The lead was 11-5 when a hit by Shaw gave the Trojans a sideout. With Jackson serving, a kill by Keri Nolan and a White Oak violation gave West a 14-5 lead.
West got two more points on a block by Hart and a kill by Shaw. A violation by White Oak was the final point in the run that put West ahead 17-5.
A kill by Shanae Frink and a service winner by Shaw put West two points from victory, 23-8. Game point came when McDuffie set up White for a kill.
“Kenzie moved the ball really well,” Reeves said. “Her setting was 10 times better in this game (than at Hoggard.) “And Carly is being consistent with her hitting—which is great.”
The third game was the closest of the three, and the Trojans led 17-15 before three straight White Oak errors gave West the margin it needed to win.
Another combination between McDuffie and White led to a point and a 21-16 lead.
White Oak then rallied and cut the lead to 21-20. But a sideout gave West a possession it did not relinquish. A kill by Hart put the Trojans ahead 23-20. Shaw scored a point off a cross-court kill. Mattie Tippett then won the game and the match with a service winner.
Serving leaders: McDuffie, 13 points and four aces. Shaw, six points and two aces. Jackson, eight points. Winters, eight points and two aces.
Kills: Carly White, 13. Winters, six. Hart, six.
Passes: Shaw, 15. Hart, 11 with six digs. Jackson, nine with three digs.
Blocks: Hart, four. Nolan, three.
Assists: McDuffie, 27.
West won the JV match 25-19, 25-13.
WEST BRUNSWICK 3
N. MYRTLE BEACH 0
The Trojans routed North Myrtle Beach 25-17, 25-14, 25-17 in a nonconference match Sept. 3.
Kenzie McDuffie scored 13 points and had 19 assists. Jordan Winters scored 13 points and had four aces. Jordan Shaw scored six points and had three digs.
Carly White had 10 kills and 11 blocks. Anna Hart had five kills and four blocks. Keri Nolan had five kills and three blocks.
Shanae Frink, Sheena Suttlemyre and Dreeana Williams had two kills apiece.
WEST BRUNSWICK 3
In a conference match Sept. 4 at Ashley, the Trojans won two games in a rout and prevailed in the final game by two points.
West beat Ashley 25-15, 25-13 and 25-23.
Anna Hart had 11 kills and eight blocks. Stacy Jackson scored 17 points. Kenzie McDuffie scored seven points and had 21 assists. Carly White and Keri Nolan had five kills apiece. Jordan Shaw had four kills and five points.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.