August 30, 2013
ROSE HILL — The Lady Knights of West Bladen traveled to Union High on Thursday to open the Four County Conference schedule, and were taken to the limit before coming home with a 3-2 win.
The Lady Spartans opened the match with a 25-22 win, but West Bladen responded by sweeping the next two games, 25-13 and 25-16.
The Lady Knights seemed poised to earn a third win to seal the match when they took a 24-16 lead, but Union rose up and scored 10 straight points to steal the game, 26-24.
In the deciding game, neither team could manage a big lead, but West Bladen escaped with the victory, 17-15.
Codi Pait led the Lady Knights with 19 service points, featuring three aces, while teammate Taylor Stephens also had 19 services points with one ace. Courtney Thompson contributed 17 service points, seven aces, six kills and four blocks; Morgan Sweeney had 16 service points with two aces, four kills and three blocks.
Mallory Davis had 13 kills, 10 blocks and two aces while Breanna Jackson fired in 13 service points with an ace for West Bladen.
The Lady Knights are 1-0 in the conference and 3-3 overall.
— In Dunn on Thursday, the Lady Eagles of East Bladen opened the Four County Conference schedule with a 16-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23 win over Midway High.
East Bladen is now 1-0 in the conference and 3-2 overall.
Brooke Smith led the Lady Eagles with 22 service points. She also had two aces and two kills. Teammate Abbey Norris contributed 14 service points, 10 kills, three aces and three blocks.
Miller Heustess had 12 service points, three aces and two kills for East Bladen, while Lacey Suggs added 11 service points, nine kills, five blocks and three aces. Abby Ward tallied nine digs for the Lady Eagles.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, Joel Cromartie scored a pair of goals to help keep East Bladen undefeated on the pitch as the Eagles posted a 2-0 non-conference win over East Columbus.
East Bladen got the only goal it would need about 17 minutes into the game, when Cromartie took a pass from Cameron West and directed a scoring shot to the back of the Gators’ net.
Cromartie doubled the lead nearly 10 minutes later when he took a pass from Colby Hester and fired in a goal.
Netminder Matt Massengill helped keep the shutout intact with a big save from point-blank range late in the first half. He also made a pair of saves in the second half and the Eagles went on to win their third game in four days.