RC Perfect In Regular Season

RC Perfect In Regular Season

THE BALL goes by East Rockingham’s Emma Wigley (left) and Sarah Smith, giving the Wildcats the point. Wildcats watching on the other side of the net are (from left) Maddie Dahl, Jaydyn Clemmer and Sophie Vaught. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Perfect In Regular Season

RC SENIOR hitter Jaydyn Clemmer collects one of her 16 digs while teammate Maddie Dahl (3) watches during the Wildcats’ 3-0 win over East Rockingham. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Perfect In Regular Season

RC JUNIOR setter Krissy Whitesell records one of her 11 digs while teammates Jaydyn Clemmer (6) watches. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Clemmer, Whitesell Record Volleyball Milestones

The Rockbridge County High School volleyball team won the Valley District regular-season championship for the third consecutive year and completed an undefeated regular season.

The Wildcats (12-0 overall, 8-0 district), who have not lost a set this season, cruised to 3-0 wins over Broadway, East Rockingham and Waynesboro on three consecutive nights last week.

As the top seed in the Valley District tournament, the Wildcats had a bye in the quarterfinals and will play host to third-seeded Harrisonburg tonight, Wednesday, at 6. The Wildcats, who hope to win their fourth consecutive district tournament, have clinched a berth in next week’s Region 3C tournament. For postseason updates, visit www.thenews-gazette. com.

The Wildcats started the week with a 25-6, 25-8, 25-12 win at Broadway (0-12, 0-8) last Monday.

Jaydyn Clemmer led RC with 15 kills, 20 digs and two aces, while Aiyana Cooper added seven kills and two blocks. McKenzie Burch added 15 assists, four digs and two kills for the Wildcats, while Sophie Vaught had three digs and one block.

RC 3, ER 0

On a milestone night for the Wildcats Clemmer and Krissy Whitesell, RC coasted to a 25-11, 25-9, 25-13 nondistrict home win win over East Rockingham.

The Wildcats jumped out to sizable leads early in each set, fueled by strong serving and net play.

Clemmer, a senior, recorded her 1,000th career dig early in the second set, and Whitesell, a junior, dished out her 1,000th assist midway through the third set. The match was stopped to honor both players, who were given golden volleyballs with their names and milestones written on them. Clemmer, who recently signed to play Division I volleyball at James Madison University, recorded her 1,000th dig as a junior.

After the match, RC head coach Amanda McCoy said that recognizing these milestones gives the young players on the team “a little bit of something to look at and see what the longevity of a career can do because you don’t get that from playing just one year. … It’s always nice that other kids have those aspirations.”

Clemmer led the Wildcats with 10 kills, six aces and 16 digs, while Whitesell had 18 assists, 11 digs, eight kills and three blocks.

Reflecting on the milestone, Clemmer said, “It’s definitely rewarding after putting in that much work for four years. Starting my freshman year, I’ve literally been playing this whole time.”

Whitesell, who has been playing varsity volleyball since her freshman year and, like Clemmer, has been playing travel volleyball, added her thoughts on the milestone. “It’s nice to see all the hard work pay off,” she said.

Also stepping up for the Wildcats were Aiyana Cooper with three blocks, Sarah Clements with eight digs and two aces, and Maddie Dahl with eight kills, two blocks and four digs.

Kate Simpkins led the Eagles (7-5) with six kills, while Margo Fox had five kills and Bethany Martz served up two aces.

McCoy said the Wildcats played more consistently than they had been playing in recent matches. “It was nice,” she said. “I think that they’ve kind of found a groove again. We had a couple matches where it seemed like we weren’t in our normal system. I think that we’ve hopefully worked out a few kinks. We’re trying to [put] some kids in and let them get some more reps in because you never know if they need to be able to play at what time once you get in the postseason.”

Clemmer added, “I thought we played really well tonight together as a unit. I thought that was a really good change. The atmosphere in the gym was really good.”

RC 3, WHS 0

In the regular-season finale last Wednesday, the Wildcats cruised to a 25-6, 25-6, 25-7 win over Waynesboro (4-8, 3-5) to clinch the regular-season district title.

Clemmer led RC with 15 kills, 17 digs and an ace, while Whitesell had 18 assists and six kills. Also stepping up for the Wildcats were Cooper with six kills and Dahl with eight kills and three blocks.

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