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RMS, SWRMS, ATMS, & NERMS advance to semifinals

Stephanie King

The middle school volleyball tournament kicked off on Friday with all eight teams taking the court at Uwharrie Ridge. The Lady Tigers of RMS entered the tournament as the number one seed after finishing the regular 14-0.

RMS 2 – NAMS 0

RMS opened the tournament against the NAMS Lady Comets and posted a 2-0 match win to advance. In set one, the Lady Tigers dominated from the start before winning the set 25-8.

The second set of the match was a different story as the Lady Comets started strong taking an early 5-2 lead. RMS tied the set at five-all and took a 9-6 lead before the Comets battled back to tie the set at nine all.  A kill from Gabby Carter tied the game at 10 all for the Tigers before they surged ahead with a 9-1 run. RMS led 20-14 before the Lady Comets began to make moves to try and get back in the game. NAMS cut the lead to two at 21-19 and then to one at 22-21. RMS closed out the set with a 3-0 run for a 25-21 set win.

Carter, Camden Scott, and Maddy Handy led the offense for the Tigers. Skylar Adams played well for NAMS.

SWRMS 2 – SERMS 0

The Lady Cougars of SWRMS came into the tournament as the number two seed and faced off against the Lady Wildcats of SERMS. SWRMS came out strong in the first set taking an early 10-3 lead behind a strong serving streak from Carleigh Whitson. The Wildcats could never catch up to the Cougars as SWRMS won the first set 25-10.

Set number two was a close one early on as the Lady Wildcats hung around for a bit. SWRMS led 2-1 before SERMS answered with a 3-0 run including an ace from Addi Flinchum to take a 4-2 lead. The Lady Wildcats continued to hold an advantage as they built a 7-4 lead before the Lady Cougars rallied. Once the Cougars reclaimed the lead they never looked back. SERMS made the Cougars work for every point they got as the Cougars picked up a 25-19 win.

Whitson, Molly Smith, and Reagan LeRoy led the offense for the Cougars. Flinchum, Kenly Whitaker, and Bailey Herring led the Wildcats.

ATMS 2 – Uwharrie Ridge 0

The ATMS Bulldogs entered the tournament as the number three seed and opened their tournament play against Uwharrie Ridge. The Lady Timberwolves took an early 2-0 lead to open the first set but the Bulldogs soon took control. ATMS tied the game at two-all before using a 10-2 run to take a 12-4 lead. An ace from Taylor Richardson put the Bulldogs in front 15-7 midway through the set. ATMS would cruise the rest of the way to a 25-13 win.

In set two, the Lady Bulldog jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. Richardson and McKenna Thornton picked up back to back points to give the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead. A tip from Reagan Brown pulled the Timberwolves within six moments later but the Bulldogs just extended their lead. The Timberwolves would get as close as eight off a pair of hits from Macey Spangler. ATMS led 16-8 before using a 9-1 run to take the set 25-9.

Richardson, Thornton, and Maddie Burgiss led the Bulldogs. Uwharrie Ridge was led by Spangler and Brown.

NERMS 2 – SAMS 1

The final match of the day was an all-out battled as the fourth-seeded NERMS Huskies went up against the SAMS Comets. NERMS took for the first couple of points in the first set but the Comets quickly tied the set as the two teams began to battle. The traded points early in the set with neither able to pull away for a large lead. A tip from Asiah Shoffner and a kill from Paige Needham kick-started a run to lead the Huskies to an 11-7 lead. A block from Ellen Long sparked the Comets as they took control of the set.  NERMS rallied behind a strong serving streak from Caitlyn Stephens to take the set 25-17.

The second set of play started much like the first with the teams trading points. SAMS took control after a kill from Sarah Hildreth as they built a 9-5 lead. NERMS pulled themselves back within two but the Comets pulled back in front behind a strong serving streak from Kaylen Nance. The Lady Huskies could never catch back up as the Comets went on to win the second set 25-16.

This one headed to a third set where the teams battled for the final spot in the semifinals. NERMS took an early 5-3 lead, but the Comets quickly tied the set at seven all. The teams traded points the rest of the way with neither able to take a strong lead until the very end. Both teams had several chances to end this one but it would the Huskies who emerged victorious with a hard-fought 19-17 win over the Comets.

Needham, Stephens, and Brecken Snotherly led the Huskies. SAMS was led by Hildreth, Nance, and Ky Perdue.

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