Volleyball Roundup: Lafayette Edges Bruton on the Road

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Lindsay Wainwright helped Lafayette defeat Bruton Tuesday. (file photo)
Lindsay Wainwright helped Lafayette defeat Bruton Tuesday. (file photo)

Lafayette spoiled Bruton’s Senior Night during an intense straight-set 25-22, 27-25, 25-23 victory Tuesday evening.

“That was one of those games I thought we were pretty evenly matched,” Bruton Coach Kevin Doloresco said.

Because of Senior Night, Doloresco allowed his seniors to play a big role in the match regardless of their usual roles in the rotation.

Despite an unusual rotation, Bruton was able to hang with Lafayette’s starters for most of the match. After dropping the first set by three points, Bruton rebounded in the second set and held a five-point lead.

Lafayette overcame the deficit and took the second set 27-25. The third set was equally competitive, with Lafayette coming out on top again by two points for the match victory.

The Rams (10-9) will conclude their regular season at home against New Kent on Thursday, while Bruton (5-14) will finish the regular season on the road against Warhill on Thursday.

Lafayette def. Bruton 25-22, 27-25, 25-23

Lafayette: Abby Oren (19 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces), Lindsay Wainwright (5 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces), Maggie Dummler (8 digs)
Bruton: Gabby Calloway (1 ace, 14 kills, 20 digs), Allison Arbogast (1 ace, 1 assist, 2 digs, 2 kills), Aaliyah Bartlett (1 ace, 19 assists, 9 digs, 1 kill), Mykael Johnson (9 kills, 12 digs)


Grafton Knocks Off Jamestown in Straight Sets

Grafton avenged an early-season loss to Jamestown by handing the Eagles their third loss of the season Tuesday in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-15 road victory.

Led by Kaitlyn Young, who had a team-high 26 assists and nine digs, Grafton jumped out on Jamestown in the first set for a four-point victory.

A narrow two-point win by Grafton in the second set paved the way for a decisive 10-point win in the final set.

Sam Heard had 12 digs, six kills and four aces for Grafton, while Brooke Parker added seven kills and three blocks.

Maria Esch paced Jamestown with 25 digs and 10 kills, while Ellie Popelka had 11 kills, eight digs, four aces and two blocks. Maggie Viniard logged a double-double of 17 assists and 12 digs in the loss.

Grafton (16-6) will finish its regular season on the road against Smithfield on Thursday, while Jamestown (18-3) will travel to take on York on Thursday in its season finale.

Grafton def. Jamestown 25-21, 25-23, 25-15

Grafton: Kaitlyn Young (26 assists, 9 digs, 3 aces, 2 kills), Sam Heard (12 digs, 6 kills, 4 aces), Brooke Parker (7 kills, 3 blocks)
Jamestown: Ellie Popelka (11 kills, 8 digs, 4 aces, 2 blocks), Maria Esch (25 digs, 10 kills, 2 blocks), Maggie Viniard (17 assists, 12 digs)


Warhill Cruises Past Tabb

Warhill cruised to a straight-set victory at home against Tabb on Tuesday 25-23, 25-19, 25-17.

The Lions struggled to outplay the Tigers in the opening set, winning by two points. The second and third sets were significantly easier as Warhill won by six and eight points, respectively.

Chloe Wilmoth paced Warhill with 16 kills, 11 assists and seven digs. Cori Clifton had 19 assists and 11 kills, and Jewel Walters added 11 digs.

Tabb’s Abigail Carney had 15 digs, 13 assists, five kills and four aces in the losing effort.

Warhill (12-5) will conclude its regular season at home against Bruton on Thursday, while Tabb (4-13) will finish its regular season at home against Poquoson on the same night.

Warhill def. Tabb 25-23, 25-19, 25-17

Warhill: Chloe Wilmoth (16 kills, 11 assists, 7 digs), Cori Clifton (19 assists, 11 kills), Jewel Walters (11 digs)
Tabb: Madison Turner (5 kills), Abigail Carney (15 digs, 13 assists, 5 kills, 4 aces)


York Gets Second Win of Season

York earned its second win of the season Tuesday, defeating Smithfield in four sets at home.

The Falcons got big performances from key starters, including Aniyah Hubert and Merissa Evans. Hubert had 35 digs and 14 kills, while Evans had 47 digs, 12 kills and two aces.

Sophia Pereira had 35 digs, while Mackenzie Chaffin added a match-high 20 aces and 13 kills.

York (2-13) has now won two of its last three matches and will look to end its season on a high note at home against Jamestown Thursday.

York def. Smithfield 3-1

York: Sophia Periera (35 digs), Aniyah Hubert (35 digs, 14 kills), Merissa Evans (47 digs, 12 kills, 2 aces), Mackenzie Chaffin (20 aces, 13 kills)


HRA Sweeps Greenbrier Christian

Hampton Roads Academy swept Greenbrier Christian 25-9, 25-20, 26-24 at home Tuesday.

After an easy first set, HRA got more of a challenge over the final two sets, but were able to hang on for the straight-set victory.

Meghan Lee led HRA with 12 digs and eight kills, while Megan Leavey added eight kills and four digs. Rhett Deverich chipped in 13 assists in the win.

HRA (9-12) will continue its season on the road against Norfolk Collegiate on Thursday.

HRA def. Greenbrier Christian 25-9, 25-20, 26-24

HRA: Meghan Lee (12 digs, 8 kills), Megan Leavey (8 kills, 4 digs), Rhett Deverich (13 assists)