Tuesday prep volleyball
At Vinemont Gymnasium
West Point 25 25 25
Vinemont 18 8 9
West Point (1-0) wins match 3-0.
TIME OF MATCH: 0:51
FLASH NOTES: West Point was tired of practice and ready to play after getting postponed last Thursday due to the threat of severe weather.
Vinemont started well for new coach Lance Lay, taking advantage of early miscues by West Point and leading 8-5. Mikayla Golden scored the first three points on serve and two serves from Alexis Boner, including an ace, was a highlight early for the home team.
But West Point broke service and used good serves from Lexi Shaddix to go in front. Shaddix converted six straight after she got a kill to take advantage at the service line.
Selena Clark stepped to the service line and reeled off four straight that extended the lead for West Point to 20-11. Vinemont had a brief rally, closing to 20-14 then Gracie Thompson and Clark converted four serves in five tries and finished off a close opening set.
In game two, Thompson gave West Point breathing room, scoring five in a row, with three being aces as Vinemont couldn't handle her accurate serving. That upped the lead to 9-2. A net serve resulted in a point for Vinemont to close to 11-5. That would be as close the Lady Eagles would stay in game two.
Five more points from Clark enabled the margin to grow to 17-5 as she had three aces in this segment.
Sarah Chapman chipped in with two points on serve while the second set was done with four service points by left-hander Avery McClure and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Coach Regina Jones was pleased no doubt in the execution of the service game. Clark opened the third set with four straight while later in the set, Gracie Thompson was hot with eight in a row and a 17-4 advantage.
She served long that broke the string, giving Vinemont a point to make it 17-5.
Chapman delivered three straight on serve with points being produced late by Happi Moore and Victoria Bell to end the match in under one hour.
Mackenzie Carter was a spark at the net for West Point with nine kills in the match to go with the quality serving by Clark, Thompson, McClure. Shadix contributed four kills with Molly Pendley providing some aggressive play on the front line in her rotation too.
Vinemont did get good efforts in the match by Maddie Oliver, the captain, plus Rachel Hall, Cassidy Wright and Golden.
But West Point was too superior with the serve, resulting in plenty of free balls Vinemont played over and West Point utilized to a full advantage.
UP NEXT: West Point vs. Hayden Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Vinemont @ Holly Pond Thursday 4:00 p.m. (tri-match)
Vinemont's Rachel Hall (11), Maddie Oliver go toward the net to play the ball Tuesday in match vs. West Point.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton