Volleyball Roundup: Grafton Cruises Past Bruton

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Sam Heard posted a double-double for Grafton. (file photo)
Sam Heard posted a double-double for Grafton. (File Photo)

Led by a double-double from Sam Heard, Grafton topped Bruton in straight sets at home Tuesday 25-18, 25-15, 25-19.

Heard led the Clippers in kills and digs, logging 13 of each, while adding in a pair of blocks.

Grafton won each set against the Panthers comfortably, with no set decided by less than five points.

Kaitlyn Young helped facilitate the Grafton offense with 33 assists and nine digs, while Brooke Parker added eight kills.

Gabby Calloway led the way for Bruton with 12 kills and nine digs, just missing out on a double-double. Mykael Johnson had seven digs and six kills, while Aaliyah Bartlett added seven assists and three digs.

Grafton has now won three consecutive matches and four of its last five. The Clippers (11-5) will hit the road to face Tabb on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bruton (3-10) has lost four of its last five matches and is hoping to buck that trend at home against New Kent on Thursday.

Grafton def. Bruton 25-18, 25-15, 25-19

Grafton: Brooke Parker (8 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs), Sam Heard (13 kills, 13 digs, 2 blocks), Kaitlyn Young (33 assists, 9 digs, 2 aces)
Bruton: Gabby Calloway (12 kills, 9 digs), Mykael Johnson (7 digs, 6 kills), Aaliyah Bartlett (7 assists, 3 digs)


Lafayette Defeats Smithfield

Lafayette got a much-needed win at home against Smithfield on Tuesday evening, topping the Packers 25-13, 25-16, 26-24.

Coming into Tuesday’s match, Lafayette had dropped its last two matches and four of its last six.

Tuesday’s win against Smithfield caused little stress outside of a tough third set in which the Packers pushed Lafayette into extra points.

Abby Goetsch was a standout performer for the Rams on Tuesday, putting up 29 assists and eight digs, while Kelly Carroll added 12 digs and seven kills.

Lafayette (7-5) will look to continue its winning ways, but face a tough test on the road against Jamestown on Thursday.

Lafayette def. Smithfield 25-13, 25-16, 26-24

Lafayette Abby Goetsch (29 assists, 8 digs), Abby Oren (9 kills, 3 digs), Kelly Carroll (12 digs, 7 kills), Magdalena Dummler (8 digs, 6 kills)


Jamestown Rallies Against Poquoson

For the first time this season, Jamestown did not defeat a Bay Rivers District opponent in three sets. Instead, the Eagles needed four sets to top Poquoson on the road 20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20.

Jamestown dropped the opening set of the match, the first time the Eagles have not won the opening set of a match since Sept. 12 against Kellam High School.

The unfamiliar situation did not faze Jamestown, which reeled off wins in the next three sets comfortably.

Jamestown got a big performance from Maria Esch, who had 31 digs and 15 kills. Emma Schriner logged 15 kills, and Ellie Popelka added 16 kills, three blocks and three digs.

The Eagles (14-1) will host Lafayette on Thursday in an attempt to extend their win streak to nine matches.

Jamestown def. Poquoson 20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20

Jamestown: Maria Esch (15 kills, 31 digs), Emma Schriner (15 kills), Ellie Popelka (16 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs), Genevieve Allison (15 digs)


WCA Handles Atlantic Shores

The Williamsburg Christian Academy volleyball team earned a straight-set victory against Atlantic Shores at home 25-22, 25-11, 25-22.

Traditionally led by Patricia Davie and Nicole Musfelt, Tuesday’s match was no different as the Eagles leaned on the two for most of their offense.

Davie finished with a team-high 13 kills and eight blocks, while Musfelt recorded 10 aces and 25 assists.

An easy second set victory was sandwiched between a pair of hard-fought set victories in the first and third sets.

Williamsburg Christian Academy (9-6) will have a long layoff before hosting Alliance Christian on Oct. 16.

Williamsburg Christian Academy def. Atlantic Shores 25-22, 25-11, 25-22

WCA: Patricia Davie (13 kills, 8 blocks), Nicole Musfelt (10 aces, 25 assists)


HRA Tops Bishop Sullivan in Four Sets

After dropping the opening set during Tuesday’s home match against Bishop Sullivan, Hampton Roads Academy rebounded to take three consecutive sets to earn a 19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 win.

Bishop Sullivan comfortably took the opening set, but were unable to keep pace with the Navigators through the next three sets.

Kendall Schroder had a big defensive game for Hampton Roads Academy wtih 18 digs, while Rhett Deverich had 20 assists and a team-high six aces.

HRA (6-9) snaps a two-match losing streak with the win and will prepare to visit Peninsula Catholic on Thursday.

Hampton Roads Academy def. Bishop Sullivan 19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16

HRA: Megan Leavey (9 kills, 6 digs), Meghan Lee (9 kills, 9 digs), Kendall Schroder (18 digs), Rhett Deverich (20 assists, 6 aces)


New Kent Downs Tabb in Straight Sets

A tough stretch of volleyball for Tabb continued Tuesday, as the Tigers lost on the road at New Kent 25-21, 25-12, 25-19.

Tabb put up a fight against New Kent in the first set, but struggled to maintain that same level of success over the final two sets.

Abigail Carney had the best match of any Tabb player, posting a double-double of 12 assists, 10 digs and three kills.

The Tigers (2-8) have dropped five consecutive matches and will hope to reverse the trend during a road game against Grafton Thursday.

New Kent def. Tabb 25-21, 25-12, 25-19

Tabb: Abigail Carney (12 assists, 10 digs, 3 kills), Madi Dadez (6 digs, 3 kills)