RC Volleyball Season Ends With 3-2 Loss To Warriors In Regional Quarters

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Jonathan Schwab
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Tuesday, Nov. 5 – The Rockbridge County High School volleyball team’s postseason run concluded with a 3-2 loss to Western Albemarle in the Region 3C quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Lexington.

The third-seeded Wildcats (24-5), coming off winning their third consecutive Valley District championship last week, won the first two sets, but the sixth-seeded Warriors (18-11) made a dramatic comeback to earn a 12-25, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11 win.

Key ingredients to WA’s comeback were was strong blocking, with the tall and athletic Caitlyn Driver leading the way with five blocks and adding 11 kills.  Playing in front of a huge crowd of fans, the Wildcats never stopped battling, but they struggled with errors and missed serves in the later sets.

The loss ended another strong season for the Wildcats, won the last two Region 3C championships before falling to Hidden Valley in the state quarterfinals.

Senior hitter Graceon Armstrong led the Wildcats with 22 kills and eight blocks, and she added 16 digs and three aces. Junior outside hitter Jaydyn Clemmer, the Valley District player of the year, led RC with six aces and added 16 kills and 26 digs. Also stepping up for RC were senior libero Emma Lawson with 29 digs and sophomore setter Krissy Whitesell with 40 assists and 10 digs.

In addition to Driver, the Warriors’ leaders were Katie Carter with 19 kills, Annabella Pandelli with 38 assists, Amber Parker with 32 digs, Sarah Rhea with 13 digs, Brooke Chavez with 12 kills.

The Warriors, who made it to the finals of the Jefferson District tournament before falling to Albemarle, will travel to play second-seeded Rustburg in the regional semifinals on Tursday, with the winner earning a spot in the Class 3 state tournament.

The Wildcats will graduate Armstrong, Lawson and Meredith Lawhorn, an outside hitter and defensive specialist.

For the full story on the regional quarterfinals, with a season wrap-up, please see our Nov. 13 newspaper. The story and photos from the Wildcats’ district championship run will be in this Wednesday’s newspaper.

 

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