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Warriors win in four over Bulldogs

Stephanie King

A new chapter in the Wheatmore and Trinity rivalry was written on Thursday when the two schools battled it out on the volleyball court. The Lady Warriors entered the game as the last remaining undefeated team in the county at 6-0, while the Bulldogs were 6-2.

Wheatmore jumped out to an early lead in set one and never let the Bulldogs back in it. A hit from Gracie Ballard cut the lead to 3-2 for the Bulldogs and that would be as close as they could get. Kelly Williams picked up a block to give the Warriors a 14-9 lead before Hope Turbyfill killed one over the net to bring their lead to 16-10. Wheatmore continued to pick up points on their way to a 25-16 win over Trinity.

The second set of the night was more evenly matched than the first as neither team could pull away for a commanding lead. Trinity took an early 2-0 lead, but the Warriors responded taking a 3-2 lead with an ace from Kaleigh Craft. The two teams traded points until the Bulldogs pulled ahead for a 10-6 lead behind a kill from Ballard. Wheatmore would not back down and quickly tied the set at 12 all. Points would be traded back and forth for the rest of the set until the Lady Bulldogs pulled off a 25-23 win over the Warriors.

Trinity once again took an early 3-1 lead over the Warriors, but Wheatmore battled back to put themselves back in the game. The two teams traded points until the set was tied at 7-7. Wheatmore got on a roll and never looked back. The Lady Warriors put together several strong plays to pull out in front for a 14-10 lead. Trinity tried battled their way back into the set, but could not get enough points to start a run. The Warriors would hold on picking up a 25-17 win.

The fourth set of play started much like the previous two sets as both teams traded points never allowing the other to pull ahead. The set was tied four times during the first few minutes before Wheatmore took a 12-9 lead off a kill from Carson Elliott. Trinity could only get as close as two the rest of the way despite a hard-fought effort from the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Warriors cruised the rest of the way and a kill from Turbyfill sealed the 25-16 set win for Wheatmore. The Lady Warriors took the match three sets to one.

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