Hibriten falls in MVC opener

The Ashe County Huskies eked past the Hibriten Panthers in the first game Tuesday night in Lenoir before cruising to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-9) victory in the volleyball conference opener for both squads.

The see-saw battle for the first game began early as both teams made runs. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-4 lead before the Huskies rallied to take a 10-6 lead.

Hibriten fought back trimming, the lead to just one, 10-9. The Panthers steadily regained the lead and extended it to 18-14.

But Ashe battled back knotting the first game at 18-18. With the score tied at 20-20, the Huskies posted two points on Briana Day serves. The Panthers picked up two more points, but Whitney Day finished off Hibriten with two aces.

The second game began in much the same fashion as the entire first game. However with the game tied 7-7, the Huskies rattled off a 9-2 run for a 16-9 lead. Ashe County steadily built upon their lead gaining a 2-0 lead by winning the second game 25-16.

The Huskies cruised in the final game as Kendra Tedder posted eight service points, including the final six points of the match.

For the Panthers, Rachel Keller posted a team-high seven service points for the match while her teammate, Aya Negooka, posted six straight service points in the second game.

The loss drops the Panthers to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 in the Mountain Valley 2A. Hibriten travels to Wilkes Central to take on the Eagles on Thursday.

West wins MVC opener

The West Caldwell volleyball team got its conference season off to a solid start, winning in three games at West Wilkes.

The Lady Warriors improved to 4-2 with the 25-20, 25-9, 25-20 victory.

Kaylin Carswell led the team in service points, kills and digs. The Lady Warriors had 17 points on her serve, Carswell put down 12 kills and came up with eight digs.

Lauren Owens totalled 16 assists, and Jordan Greer finished with nine service points and 10 assists.

Ashley McKinney had eight service points, and Melissa Watson totalled eight kills.

McKinney had five service points in the opening game, and Carswell and Watson combined for 10 kills.

With the Lady Warriors wining 7-2 in the second game, Carswell rolled off nine service points for a 16-2 Lady Warrior advantage. Greer served out the game.

West Wilkes (4-2, 0-1) used a 6-1 run to open an 18-16 lead in the third game. But the Lady Warriors bounced back to take a 21-18 lead before Owens served out the game.

Girls’ tennis

The Ashe County Huskies narrowly nipped the Hibriten Panthers 5-4 in the tennis conference opener for both teams.

Hibriten’s Maggie Sime knocked off the Huskies’ No. 1 player, Katherine Hanes 6-4, 6-1.

Cameron Joyce, the Panthers’ No. 2 player, helped out the Hibriten cause with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over Emily Hudler.

The Panthers’ Katie Rash, playing in the No. 4 spot, secured a 3-3 tie for Hibriten heading into doubles play with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lauren Roland.

However, the Panthers doubles team of Wallis Hutchens and Rash were the only Hibriten team to pick up a victory in the final three matches of the contest.

Hibriten will travel to defending North Carolina 2-A team champion Wilkes Central on Thursday.

Ashe County 5, Hibriten 4

Singles

Maggie Sime (H) def. Katherine Hanes 6-4, 6-3; Cameron Joyce (H) def. Emily Hudler 6-0, 6-1; Alex Eller (A) def. Wallis Hutchens 6-1, 6-4; Katie Rash (H) def. Lauren Roland 6-2, 6-4; Lorna Vaga (A) def. Gracelyn Cruden 6-0, 6-0; Ruthie Stafford (A) def. Kate Barlow 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles

Vaga/Hanes (A) def. Sime/Joyce 8-6; Hutchens/Rash (H) def. Hudler/Eller 8-1; Roland/Stafford (A) def. Cruden/Barlow 8-3.

Middle School Softball

The Granite Falls Blue Demons knocked off the Gamewell Braves 23-7 Tuesday afternoon at South Caldwell High School.

Kayla Gross picked up the win for the Blue Demons. Granite Falls’ Allyson Minton went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs while her teammates Britney Bartle and Kristin Lackey each went 3-for-4 also and driving in three and two runs respectively.

Felisha Smith and Holly Beane each posted triples for the Braves.

Granite Falls’ next game is Thursday at East Alexander.

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