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Wheatmore PAC-7 Champions

Kaitlyn Mullins

The PAC-7 volleyball tournament championship game came to Wheatmore on Wednesday as the top seeded Warriors hosted third seeded Randleman. Wheatmore topped Trinity in the semifinals, while Randleman stunned the number two seed Providence Grove. The Warriors put their undefeated season on the line in hopes of gaining their seventh PAC-7 tournament title.

Carson Elliott got things started for the Warriors as she picked up a hit to give them an early 3-0 lead. Randleman picked up their first point of the set, but followed it up with a serving error that gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead. A kill from Kennedy Powell gave the Warriors a 5-1 lead. Chloe Hildreth swung for the kill as she gave Randleman their second point of the set. Wheatmore continued to control the set as they took a 7-2 lead. Olivia Henderson killed the ball down to spark a 5-0 run by the Tigers. Kelsey Sweatt served an ace for the Tigers to tie the set at 7 apiece. The Warriors recovered as they scored three straight points for a 10-7 lead. Randleman would not go away as Hildreth laid down a kill to close the gap for the Tigers. Randleman picked up a free point off a serving error by the Warriors to cut the lead to 8-11. A block from Wheatmore allowed them to score three points in a row. Mackenzie Smith served an ace for the Warriors to extend their lead. Bethany Dobias helped the Tigers out as she gave them 10 points with a kill. Wheatmore used a 5-0 run to push their lead out to nine. Randleman squeezed in another point before the Warriors scored again. Randleman was down 23-11 when Hildreth scored back to back points with a kill and tip. Randleman finished the first set with a kill from Hildreth as she gave the Tigers 14 points. Wheatmore won the first set 25-14.

Wheatmore scored the first the first point in the second set, but Randleman was right behind them to tie the set off a kill from Dobias. Powell, Hope Turbyfill, and Lauren Wright all picked up hits as they led the Warriors to an 11-1 lead over the Tigers. Sweatt slid in a kill for the Tigers for their second point of the set. Turbyfill rolled the ball over the net as she started a 4-0 run point for the Warriors. Wright served an ace and once again Turbyfill killed the ball making it a 15-2 set for Wheatmore. A serving error on the Warriors gave the Tigers their third point of the set. Henderson slammed down a kill for the Tigers to make it a 4-15 set. A tip from Turbyfill put the Warriors up by 13 points, but Randleman scored back to back points to cut the lead lead to 6-17. Henderson killed the ball for the Tigers to spark a 4-0 run late in the set. A serving error on the Tigers gave Wheatmore 19 points. Dobais picked up another hit giving the Tigers 12 points. Elliott was able to roll the ball over the net as the Warriors took a 21-12 lead. A serving error on the Warriors gave Randleman their final point of the match with 13 points. Wheatmore would close out the set with a 4-1 run to win 25-13.

Elliott once again got the Warriors going at the start of the third set as picked up a kill to give Wheatmore an early 3-0 lead. With the match on the line, Dobias scored Randleman’s first point with a kill and Hildreth rolled the ball over the net to tie the game at 3 all. An ace from Lindsay Peele gave Randleman their first lead of the night at 4-3. A serving error on the Tigers allowed the Warriors to tie the at 4 apiece. Wheatmore took a two point lead before Randleman brought the game back within one point. Both teams stayed within two points of each other until Randleman tied the set at 10 all. That would be as close as the Tigers could get the rest of the set as Wheatmore pulled ahead for an 18-10 lead with the help from Elliott, Smith, and Wright. A serving error on the Warriors allowed Randleman a free point giving them 11 points. Wright tipped the ball over to give Wheatmore a 23-11 lead. Randleman finished the third set with 12 points as Wheatmore went on to win the third set 25-12. The Warriors claimed their seventh PAC-7 conference tournament title with a 3-0 match win over the Tigers.

Hope Turbyfill led the way for the Warriors with 11 kills, while Carson Elliott and Lauren Wright each finished with 5 kills. Senior Krista Tuggle dished out 28 assists and 1 kill. For Randleman, it was Chloe Hildreth leading the way with 6 kills, while Olivia Henderson finished with 5 kills. Freshman Bethany Dobias finished with 16 digs.

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