Tri-match # 1 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Cold Springs 15 23
West Point 25 25
West Point (6-5) wins match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:42
FLASH NOTES: Hosting a tri-match for the third time this week, West Point began the schedule Thursday as they had earlier in the week by winning. With a 10-9 lead in the first set, the Lady Warriors were able to raise the margin in a hurry to 17-10 by getting four service points from Selena Clark, three assists by Clark and three kills from Molly Pendley.
A net foul on a serve by Gracie Thompson made the score 22-15. Cold Springs broke service thanks to a kill from Lillian McSpadden and a couple of service points by Emma Chambers in trying to gain some momentum.
Josie Huckaby had a block at the net that stopped Cold Springs for the moment, putting West Point up 23-15. A point on serve from Mackenzie Carter was followed by a kill from Huckaby to end the first set with a West Point triumph.
Cold Springs stood strong in game two. They moved on top at 11-10 when an assist by Emilee Harbison led to a kill from Anna Freeman Voce.
West Point charged back and jumped ahead at 15-11 from three service points by Pendley and two kills from the freshman.
The momentum shifted to the Lady Eagles. Cold Springs got two service points by Kylon Hamby and led 21-19. Three plays featuring Clark and a net foul on Cold Springs shifted the advantage to West Point at 23-22.
But a kill from Voce with an assist by Harbison had the scored tied at 23-23. A serve into the net resulted in West Point going ahead 24-23 with a service winner by Avery McClure to finish a very competitive opening match.
Lexi Shadix played steady in the match, contributing four kills and two blocks from the front line.
Tri-match # 3 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
East Lawrence 18 14
West Point 25 25
West Point (7-5) wins match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:38
FLASH NOTES: Selena Clark opened the set blistering eight straight serves that made it look like West Point was going to have an easy time of it.
But East Lawrence showed signs of taking advantage of opportunities and quickly reduced the huge deficit to 10-9 when West Point coach Regina Jones asked for a time out for a team conversation.
It served its purpose, for the Lady Warriors getting plays by Meredith Calvert, Mackenzie Carter, Gracie Thompson as the advantage went up to 15-10.
East Lawrence scored on a four hits violation by West Point that brought the margin to 20-15. Then the Lady Eagles gave a point to the home by serving into the net and the lead was 21-15.
Pendley responded with the set winner and a kill and also got aided by two key plays down the stretch from Victoria Bell at the service area.
The first set was completed in 18 minutes.
Sarah Chapman stood out in the second game for the Lady Warriors. The junior got a kill then rolled off three consecutive aces that lifted the home side to an 8-4 margin.
Avery McClure stepped to the service line moments later and sparked with with four straight to make it 13-5 and create breathing room.
Calvert got the fourth ace in the set, then scored another service winner and West Point was ahead 19-9.
Following a service break, Chapman produced her fourth ace in the game and big plays from Ball and Happi Moore enabled the Lady Warriors to finally take a tri-match after splitting two earlier in the week on the home floor, defeating Vinemont, falling to Brewer then coming back the next day to sweep Curry in 5A, Area 13 before suffering a tiebreaking loss to county foe Good Hope.
Photo of West Point vs. East Lawrence, courtesy of Heith Yearwood.