RC Stays Unbeaten In District Volleyball

RC Stays Unbeaten In District Volleyball
RC Stays Unbeaten In District Volleyball

BELOW LEFT, Wildcat head coach Amanda McCoy presents Jaydyn Clemmer with a golden ball late in the second set after the junior outside hitter recorded her 1,000th career dig. Clemmer had 13 digs and 12 kills in the match. BELOW RIGHT, RC sophomore setter Krissy Whitesell collects a dig. Whitesell led all players with 34 assists. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

RC Stays Unbeaten In District Volleyball

ABOVE, RC senior hitter Graceon Armstrong dives for a dig while teammate Emma Lawson (8) watches during the Wildcats’ 3-0 home win over Turner Ashby last Tuesday. Armstrong led all players with 18 kills and three blocks, and she had seven digs.

‘Cats Prepare To Defend District Title

Entering the final week of the regular season, the Rockbridge County High School volleyball team remained undefeated in the Valley District, with the Wildcats capturing 3-0 wins over Turner Ashby and Broadway.

In their final home match of the regular season on Tuesday of last week in Lexington, the Wildcats (21-4 overall, 9-0 district) earned a 25-12, 25-10, 25-13 victory over Turner Ashby. The Wildcats jumped to big early leads in all three sets, hitting and serving well and only trailing briefly early in the third set.

Before the match, the Wildcats honored their three seniors: Graceon Armstrong, Meredith Lawhorn and Emma Lawson. The players received flowers as they were recognized with their families, and the gym was decorated with balloons and photos of the seniors. All three players were key contributors in the match, as RC completed a sweep of the regular-season series with the Knights, who finished the week at 5-19 overall and 2-7 in the district.

Armstrong, a co-captain for the Wildcats, led all players with 18 kills and three blocks, and she collected seven digs. Lawson had 20 digs, while Lawhorn had six digs and three aces.

Praising the trio, RC head coach Amanda McCoy said, “I thought all three of them played very well tonight. Graceon had a very good all-around game. Emma Lawson was able to step back into the libero position, which helped a lot, so having her back in there, I think that was really good for her to build her confidence. She did a great job.” Lawson had played libero earlier this season, but freshman McKenzie Hines stepped into the defensive role for a few matches. “Meredith Lawhorn did a great job playing all six spots. She hasn’t done that all season … That was awesome.”

A highlight was when Jaydyn Clemmer recorded her 1,000th career dig late in the second set. The Wildcats stopped the match to recognize Clemmer’s milestone and present her with a golden volleyball. “That was a great accomplishment, especially with her being a junior,” McCoy said. Clemmer finished the match with 13 digs and 12 kills. Also stepping up was sophomore Krissy White-sell, who dished out 34 assists.

RC 3, Broadway 0

The Wildcats coasted to a 25-22, 25-12, 25-10 win at Broadway on Thursday.

Clemmer led RC with 16 kills and added 11 digs and five aces, and Armstrong had 11 kills, eight digs and two blocks. Other RC leaders were Whitesell with 26 assists and three kills and Lawson with 13 digs.

With the win, RC completed a sweep of the regular-season series with the Gobblers (7-14, 4-5).

The Wildcats were scheduled to conclude the regular season at Harrisonburg yesterday. Next up they’ll prepare for the Valley District tournament, which they are aiming to win for the third consecutive year. The Wildcats are the top seed and have a bye in the quarterfinals, which will take place on Thursday, before playing host for the semifinals on Monday at 6 p.m. The finals are scheduled to take place at RC on Tuesday at 6 p.m. For tournament updates, please visit www.thenews-gazette.com.

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