Volleyball Roundup: Warhill Impresses Against Bruton

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Nicole Mulligan plays the ball over the net. (Photo courtesy Andy Jackson/Savand Action Photography)
Nicole Mulligan plays the ball over the net. (Photo courtesy Andy Jackson/Savand Action Photography)

Jewel Walters recorded a team-high 26 digs as Warhill topped Bruton in straight sets 25-15, 25-14, 26-24 on the road Tuesday evening.

“[She] played a heck of a game,” said Bruton Coach Kevin Doloresco of Walters. “Her hustle all over the court proved to be the key factor to them making their plays.”

Warhill cruised to victories in the first two sets, winning by 10 and nine points, respectively.

The Panthers gave the Lions a fight in the third set, pushing the Lions to extra point before eventually falling 26-24.

After losing three of their first five matches, the Lions (6-3) have picked up their play and have won four straight matches. Warhill will look to continue that streak at Lafayette on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Bruton (2-9) has lost three consecutive matches and is hoping to reverse the trend during a road match against Smithfield on Thursday.

Warhill def. Bruton 25-15, 25-14, 26-24

Warhill: Nicole Mulligan (10 kills, 5 aces), Cori Clifton (12 kills, 10 assists), Jewel Walters (26 digs)
Bruton: Gabby Calloway (13 digs, 8 kills), Mykael Johnson (2 aces, 3 kills, 7 digs)


Jamestown Cruises Past York

Jamestown had no trouble getting past York at home Tuesday, defeating the Falcons 25-14, 25-7, 25-13.

The Eagles, arguably the hottest Bay Rivers District team right now, pulled no punches against the Falcons as Maria Esch and Ellie Popelka put up big performances.

Esch logged 14 kills, eight digs, two aces and two blocks, while Popelka added 11 kills, four aces and four digs in the win.

Jamestown (12-1) will look to build on its six-match win streak when the Eagles visit Tabb on Thursday.

Conversely, York (0-8) is still looking for its first win of the season. The Falcons will have a chance to get in the win column as they travel to New Kent on Thursday.

Jamestown def. York 25-14, 25-7, 25-13

Jamestown: Maria Esch (14 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks), Ellie Popelka (11 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs), Emma Schriner (5 kills, 3 blocks)


Grafton Rolls Over Smithfield at Home

Grafton took down Smithfield in straight sets 25-8, 25-18, 25-23 at home Tuesday, but got challenged as the match progressed.

The Clippers cruised in the first set, winning by 17 points as Haley Sutton and Becca Hallingstad put up solid numbers.

Sutton finished the match with 15 assists, eight digs and four aces, while Hallingstad added 10 digs and seven kills.

Grafton faced a more competitive Smithfield team over the final two sets, defeating the Packers by seven points in the second set and two points in the match-clinching set.

The Clippers (9-5) have won two of their last three matches and will travel to take on Bruton on Oct. 6.

Grafton def. Smithfield 25-8, 25-18, 25-23

Grafton: Becca Hallingstad (7 kills, 10 digs), Hannah Guyer (2 kills, 4 digs, 1 ace), Haley Sutton (15 assists, 8 digs, 4 aces)


New Kent Upends Lafayette

Unforced errors sank Lafayette during a 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 road loss against New Kent on Tuesday.

Lafayette Head Coach Keith Nowadly said missed serves, poor passing and a lack of effort did his team in against the “scrappy” Trojans.

New Kent jumped on Lafayette in the first set, winning by a commanding 10 points before taking the second set by eight points. The third set was the worst of the night for the Rams, losing by 11 points.

Abby Oren led Lafayette with 13 kills and a block, while Kelly Carroll chipped in five kills.

Lafayette (6-5) will face a quick turnaround against a tough opponent as the Rams will prepare to host Warhill on Wednesday.

New Kent def. Lafayette 25-15, 25-17, 25-14

Lafayette: Abby Oren (13 kills, 1 block), Kelly Carroll (5 kills)


WCA Sweeps Denbigh Baptist

The Williamsburg Christian Academy volleyball team swept Denbigh Baptist 25-12, 25-14, 25-20 on the road Tuesday.

WCA easily took all three sets thanks to strong play from Patricia Davie and Nicole Musfelt.

Davie logged a team-high 22 kills and seven blocks, while Musfelt added 30 assists and seven aces.

WCA (8-5) will continue its season on the road against Bishop Sullivan on Wednesday.

WCA def. Denbigh Baptist 25-12, 25-14, 25-20

WCA: Patricia Davie (22 kills, 7 blocks), Nicole Musfelt (30 assists, 7 aces)


Poquoson Defeats Tabb

Tabb was unable to overcome Poquoson on the road, losing in straight sets 25-20, 25-8, 25-14.

The Tigers struggled to find consistent offense after the first set, scoring 20 points in the opening set and just 22 points over the final two.

Tabb (2-6) has now lost three consecutive matches and is hoping to rebound at home against Jamestown on Thursday.

Individual statistics were not reported for this match.

Poquoson def. Tabb 25-20, 25-8, 25-14