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Warriors take down Wildcats on the road

Stephanie King

PAC-7 volleyball action came to Eastern Randolph on Thursday as the Lady Wildcats hosted the Wheatmore Lady Warriors. Eastern Randolph entered Thursday’s match-up 0-5 in conference play and 1-9 overall on the season, while Wheatmore came in at 9-0 in conference play and 18-2 overall on the season.

Wheatmore came out ready to play as they jumped out to an impressive 12-0 lead before the Wildcats picked up their first point on a tip from Courtnee Carter. The Warriors scored four straight for a 16-1 lead as the Wildcats struggled to put points on the board. Eastern Randolph tried to mount a comeback late in the set, but the Warriors were already too far ahead. The Wildcats put together a strong 7-2 run to close out the set. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Wheatmore got the set win 25-12.

The Warriors once again took the first point of the second set, but the Wildcats started strong defensively not letting the Warriors jump out to an early lead. Eastern Randolph tied the set at one before a hit from Emily Clodfelter gave the lead back to the Warriors. A hit from Hope Turbyfill pushed the Warriors’ lead to 3-1, but a serving error moments later gave the Wildcats a free point. Eastern Randolph stayed close early cutting the lead to one twice before the Warriors went on a run. After the Wildcats cut the lead to 4-3, Wheatmore answered with a 12-1 run for a 16-4 lead. The Wildcats picked up three straight points to cut the lead to nine, but the Warriors continued to surge ahead. Wheatmore picked up the win in set two 25-12.

Eastern Randolph got off to an early start in set three taking a 2-0 lead before the Warriors quickly tied the set at two-all. From there, Wheatmore built a 9-2 lead behind a strong serve from Carson Elliott. The Wildcats got back to back points to cut the lead to five, but the Warriors responded with a small run for a 14-6 lead. Eastern Randolph tried to string together enough points to pull closer to the Warriors, but the momentum just was not on their side. After the Wildcats cut the lead to seven at 17-10, Wheatmore closed out the set with an 8-2run for a 25-11 win. The Warriors took the match 3-0 to stay undefeated in conference play.

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