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Relying on consistent serving in the first two games from Jordan Winters and Stacy Jackson, the West Brunswick High School Lady Trojans volleyball team routed the New Hanover Wildcats 25-17, 25-12, 25-11 in a conference match Sept. 16.
The victory improved West’s record to 4-1 in the Mideastern Conference. (West played league leader Hoggard on Tuesday in a match for first place.)
Winters held serve for six straight points in the first game as the Lady Trojans took a 10-3 lead. Jackson held serve for 10 straight points in the second game as West took a 16-4 lead.
“They see that getting the serves in and doing the simple things will win games,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “It will get you runs and get you momentum. Volleyball is all about momentum. It can shift in a heartbeat. As long as you can keep the momentum on your side, you’ll be fine.”
West had the momentum for most of the match, and it started with Winters in the first game. In the 6-0 run, Carly White and Keri Nolan had kills.
A 4-0 run—with an ace by Jordan Shaw and a block and a kill by White—put West ahead 20-8.
New Hanover slowly rallied to cut the lead to 25-16, but a one-handed slam by White ended any hopes of a comeback victory. A kill by Anna Hart and a service winner by Jackson gave West the 25-17 victory.
Jackson had an impressive performance in the second game with the way she served in a 12-0 run as West took a 16-4. But Hart was just as spectacular. Hart, a senior hitter, had three straight kills and finished the match with a team-high 12 kills.
“Anna had one the best hitting games she’s had all year,” Reeves said.
With such a big lead in the second game, Reeves was able to play everyone the rest of the match, and the team looked in sync the whole time en route to the 25-12 victory.
“As I told the girls,” she said, “it’s nice to know that I can put anybody in there and it looks like the same team. That’s the making of a really good team, being able to sub in and out no matter who’s in there.
“If somebody is having an off day, I don’t have a problem. I can look down the bench and pick somebody out, which is nice. They’ll come in and perform and not make mistakes.”
The Lady Trojans had no long rallies in the third game, but they slowly pulled away from the Wildcats. A kill by Keri Nolan completed a 5-0 run that put West ahead 6-1.
A kill by Jordan Shaw and two service winners by Miriah Milliken extended the lead to 12-3. Kenzie McDuffie set up Hart for a kill, and another kill by Hart made the lead 15-6.
A kill by Sheena Suttlemyre and her dink made the score 18-7. Nolan set up Shanae Frink for a point and a 20-8 lead.
West showed its athleticism on the next point, as digs by Frink and Suttlemyre keep alive a rally before Frink scored the point.
Back-to-back service winners by Mattie Tippett won the game and the match.
Hart finished with eight passes in addition to the 12 kills.
Jackson had eight passes and 15 points, including three aces. Winters had 10 points.
White had eight blocks and five kills. Nolan had seven kills. Shaw had five kills.
McDuffie finished with 25 assists—one third of West’s points. She also had eight points.
“Keri (Nolan) hit it well,” Reeves said. “Shane (Frink) put it in spots she needed to put it in. Jordie (Winters) hit the ball out only once.
“If we can stay consistent, get the ball in and make the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be pretty good.”
West won the JV match 25-19, 25-16.
West defeated North Brunswick 25-8, 29-27, 25-11 Sept. 18 in a nonconference match, improving its overall record to 9-1.
Kenzie McDuffie had 23 assists, 10 points and two blocks. Anna Hart had 10 kills and three blocks. Miriah Milliken had 15 points and three aces. Stacy Jackson had 11 points and three digs. Sheena Suttlemyre had five kills and three digs. Carly White and Shanae Frink each had three kills. Breana Gause and Dreeana Williams each had three blocks.
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South Brunswick improved to 5-1 in the conference, 5-7 overall, by winning Sept. 18 at Whiteville 25-15, 25-18, 25-16.
Caitlin Bevill had 50 assists—setting up two-thirds of South’s points.
Nicole Ray scored nine points, Madison Walker eight,
Jenna Kazmierczak six and Rachel Southern and Bevill five each.
Christina Deveney led in digs, with 10. Kazmierczak had nine, Bevill six and Rachel Southern five.
Deveney also led in kills, with 14. Kazmierczak and Rheanna Lawson each had five.
South Brunswick won the JV match 2-0.
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The South Brunswick volleyball team beat Trask 25-18, 25-11, 25-12 in a match Sept 16 at South.
Leaders in points were Caitlin Bevill (16, with 43 assists), Jenna Kazmierczak (13, with seven aces), Nicole Ray (nine) and Christina Deveney (eight).
The team dominated at the net, as Deveney had eight kills,
Rheanna Lawson seven, Jenna Kazmierczak five, Nicole Ray four and Rachel Southern three.
South won the JV match 25-17, 25-10.