ST. PAULS — The Lady Knights traveled to St. Pauls for a non-conference volleyball match Tuesday and had to rally for a 3-1 win.
The Lady Bulldogs narrowly took the opening game, edging West Bladen 26-24. But the Lady Knights fought back and evened the match with a 25-17 win — then went on to get the victory with 25-11 and 25-14 wins in the final two games.
“The girls played hard (and) had some tough rallies,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “St. Pauls has a strong team (and) our communication at key points of the game were crucial.”
Morgan Schumacher and Kathryn Schultz led the Lady Knights with seven kills each, while Logan Autry tallied eight assists. Kassidy Anderson had four kills and four aces; Laikyn Pait contributed six aces; Patience Parker had three aces; and Raegan Davis had four aces, six kills and six assists.
West Bladen is now 4-2.
In Elizabethtown on Tuesday, the East Bladen varsity defeated West Bladen’s jayvee, 8-1.
“This is the first year that West Bladen has ever started a junior varsity team in tennis — we have about 20 girls out this year, so I thought it would be good experience for them to get some games in,” West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson said. “We are looking at possibly playing some of Purnell Sweat younger players during the year and playing East Bladen’s varisty team again on Sept. 20.”
In singles, the Lady Eagles got wins from No. 1 Justyna Gargala, 8-1; No. 2 Cassie Hill, 8-1; No. 3 Maddie West, 8-1; No. 4 Trinity Carroll, 8-1; and No. 5 Ting Lin, 8-0.
West Bladen’s lone win came from No. 6 singles Alyssa Smith, 8-0.
In doubles, East Bladen swept the three matches without allowing a point. No. 1 duo Gargala and Hill won 8-0; the No. 2 team of West and Carroll took an 8-0 win; and the No. 3 team of Lin and Jamye Frady won 8-0.
East Bladen is now 1-0 and will host Clinton on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Whiteville came to Elizabethtown on Tuesday and handed East Bladen a 25-9, 25-16 and 25-19 non-conference loss.
The loss dropped the Lady Eagles to 3-3.
Ashley Hardin led East Bladen with 13 service winners along with three kills; Lexi Mendell had eight service points and five kills.
The Lady Eagles are now 3-3.