Volleyball Roundup: Grafton Sweeps Lafayette to Remain Perfect

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Sophia Beaudoin led Grafton over Lafayette on Tuesday. (file photo)
Sophia Beaudoin led Grafton over Lafayette on Tuesday. (File Photo)

The Grafton volleyball team remained perfect on the season as they took down Lafayette 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 on the road Tuesday.

Coming off a dramatic five-set victory against New Kent, Grafton earned a statement win against the Rams behind strong performances from Sophia Beaudoin and Rachel Blitt.

Beaudoin had 13 digs, eight kills and five aces, while Blitt logged a team-high 11 kills and added 13 digs for the Clippers.

Grafton won comfortably during all three sets with the third set the most competitive at five points separating the two teams.

Abby Oren led the Lafayette offense with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Abby Goetsch chipped in 19 assists and four digs.

The Clippers (5-0) will travel to take on Warhill on Thursday in an attempt to remain perfect, while Lafayette (4-2) is hoping to get back to their winning ways when the Rams host Poquoson on Thursday.

Grafton def. Lafayette 25-18, 25-19, 25-20

Grafton: Sophia Beaudoin (8 kills, 5 aces, 13 digs), Yami Valinzuela (3 aces, 10 digs), Rachel Blitt (11 kills, ace, 13 digs)

Lafayette: Abby Oren (15 kills, 10 digs), Abby Goetsch (19 assists, 4 digs), Kelly Carroll (6 kills, 6 digs)


Bruton Earns First Win of 2015

Bruton and York entered Tuesday’s match with both teams looking for their first win of the season.

The Panthers got the better of the Falcons, earning a 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 road win.

Bruton started the match by comfortably winning the first set 25-20 before being pushed by York in the second set.

The Panthers needed every point they could muster as they edged the Falcons 25-23 to go up 2-0 in the match thanks to Gabby Calloway, who logged a total of 18 kills, 16 digs and three aces.

York (0-4) refused to back down and battled back for a win in the third set thanks to strong play from Mackenzie Chaffin, who finished the match with 12 kills and three aces.

The final set was all Bruton, however, as the Panthers (1-4) secured their first win of the season with a commanding 25-14 fourth-set win.

Bruton will look to string back-to-back wins together when they travel to take on Jamestown on Thursday. Meanwhile, York is hoping to get its first win of the season on at home against Tabb on Thursday.

Bruton def. York 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14

Bruton: Gabby Calloway (18 kills, 16 digs, 3 aces), Alexa Woolson (17 assists, 12 digs, 2 aces), Aaliyah Bartlett (16 assists, 2 aces, block)

York: Mackenzie Chaffin (12 kills, 3 aces), Ashley Letendre (20 assists)


Warhill Drops Second Straight Match

The Warhill volleyball team, which lost one match last season en route to a state championship, continued its early-season struggles after losing to Poquoson 25-23, 25-14, 18-25, 25-21 at home Tuesday.

Warhill kept close to Poquoson through the first set but came up just short at the end. The second set was a different story, as the Islanders moved the ball effectively and had no trouble running their offense during a 25-14 win.

Down 2-0, Warhill battled back to claim the third set 25-18 behind strong play from Cori Clifton, who had 16 assists, 11 kills and five blocks in the match.

The final set was another close one, but Poquoson got the better of Warhill 25-21 to hand the Lions (2-3) back-to-back losses.

Warhill is looking to snap its losing streak at home against Grafton on Thursday.

Poquoson def. Warhill 25-23, 25-14, 18-25, 25-21

Warhill: Cori Clifton (11 kills, 5 blocks, 16 assists), Chloe Wilmoth (9 kills, 20 assists, 7 digs), Nicole Mulligan (9 kills, 2 aces, 1 block)


Jamestown Continues District Dominance

Jamestown’s volleyball team cruised past New Kent in straight sets 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 on the road Tuesday.

The win marked Jamestown’s fifth consecutive Bay Rivers District match win in straight sets this season.

Ellie Popelka paced the Eagles with 17 kills, seven digs and a pair of blocks, while Maria Esch had 16 digs, 13 kills and two aces. Maggie Viniard facilitated the offense with 15 assists, 12 digs and three aces.

Jamestown (8-1) will play host to Bruton on Thursday and will look to remain perfect in district play this season.

Jamestown def. New Kent 25-21, 25-15, 27-25

Jamestown: Ellie Popelka (17 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks), Maria Esch (16 digs, 13 kills, 2 aces), Maggie Viniard (15 assists, 12 digs, 3 aces)


Tabb Knocks Off Smithfield in Four Sets

Abigail Carney tallied 29 assists, 18 digs and 11 kills to lead Tabb to a 26-24, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16 win at Smithfield on Tuesday.

The Tigers managed to edge Smithfield in the match’s opening set 26-24 before Tabb took control of the second set 25-15.

Smithfield managed to steal the third set 25-23, but surrendered the decisive fourth set 25-16 and handed Tabb the match win.

Tabb’s Audre’ana Ellis logged 15 kills, six digs, three aces and three blocks, while her teammate Ashley Muhuch added a double-double with 11 digs and 10 aces.

The Tigers have now won back-to-back matches and will look to continue the momentum at home against York on Thursday.

Tabb def. Smithfield 26-24, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16

Tabb: Abigail Carney (29 assists, 18 digs, 11 kills), Audre’ana Ellis (15 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces, 3 blocks), Ashley Muhich (11 digs, 10 aces)


WCA Sweeps Broadwater Academy

The Williamsburg Christian Academy volleyball team had no trouble taking down Broadwater Academy at home Tuesday, sweeping the match 25-13, 25-18, 25-15.

Nicole Musfelt paced the Eagles with a team-high 25 assists, 11 aces and nine digs, while her teammate Patricia Davie logged a team-high 14 kills.

Kaylee Boger rounded out the WCA standouts with eight digs on defense.

The Eagles (4-4) will host Portsmouth Christian at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

Williamsburg Christian Academy def. Broadwater Academy 25-13, 25-18, 25-15

WCA: Nicole Musfelt (25 assists, 11 aces, 9 digs), Patricia Davie (14 kills), Kaylee Boger (8 digs)


Norfolk Academy Tops HRA

Norfolk Academy got the better of Hampton Roads Academy on Tuesday, taking down the Navigators 27-25, 14-25, 25-12, 25-17.

After dropping a tight first set 27-25, HRA battled back and took the second set with a decisive 25-14 win behind strong play from Megan Leavey, who had 13 kills and 11 digs in the match.

HRA dropped the third and fourth sets 25-12 and 25-17, respectively to end the match.

Kendall Schroder had a team-high 30 digs for the Navigators (2-6), while Rhett Deverich added 23 assists. Meghan Lee chipped in 10 kills.

The Navigators will travel to play Walsingham Academy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Norfolk Academy def. Hampton Roads Academy 27-25, 14-25, 25-12, 25-17

HRA: Megan Leavey (13 kills, 11 digs), Rhett Deverich (23 assists), Kendall Schroder (30 digs), Meghan Lee (10 kills)