Thursday Preps: Starmount spikers win again
BOONVILLE – Last season, an upstart East Wilkes volleyball team came to Starmount during the middle of the season and surprised the favored Rams.
There would be no such repeat Thursday night. Starmount took control quickly and rolled to a 25-5, 25-14 and 25-15 triumph. The Rams improved to 2-0 in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference, 3-2 overall. The Cardinals dropped to 1-1 in the MVAC, beating Elkin earlier in the week.
Amber Wooten and Ashton Gregory proved double-trouble for East Wilkes to contain. Gregory recorded 11 kills, while Wooten had 10. Both players earned three blocks. Brinsley Stewart and Olivia Gough each had four kills for the Rams. Gough made five digs.
Serving proved a strong point for Starmount. Josie Matthews was a perfect 15-for-15 from the service line, acing the Cards three times. Stewart was 14-for-16 in serving with seven aces. Ashley Wilkins also was perfect in serves, putting all 16 of her attempts perfectly into play, with one ace. Kayla Casstevens went 6-for-6 in serving with one ace.
Matthews enjoyed a solid all-around game, recording four digs and a block. Setter Erin Barr had 23 assists, two aces and one dig. Sydney Caudle had four assists. Sam Couch provided two digs.
STARMOUNT 16, EAST SURRY 2: The Rams (1-0) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second quarter. Sophomore running back Chaston Martin took the handoff and went 73 yards for the score. Martin added a 2-point conversion run.
With 3 minutes left in the third quarter, the Rams increased their lead to 16-0 when Will Simpson scored on a 1-yard plunge. Trey Money hit James Watson with a 2-point conversion pass.
The Cardinals got on the board late in the fourth quarter when Money was sacked in end zone.
Martin led the Rams with 7 carries for 119 yards. Hunter Myers added 10 carries for 52 yards. The Rams gained 198 total yards.
Defensively, the Rams only gave up 77 yards, including a goal-line stand in the 4th quarter. Watson and Nathan Williams had interceptions for Starmount.
The Rams will play at North Surry next Thursday.
– Story courtesy www.starmountfootball.webs.com
ELKIN 8, ASHE COUNTY 1: The Buckin’ Elks improved to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play with Thursday afternoon’s triumph.
Kaylee Brown, Ashlyn Reece, Emma White, Esther Neumark, Sarah Gwyn and Mary Tayloe swept singles play for the Elks. Brown won the first flight match against Courtney Brown in a third-set tiebreaker.
Elkin mixed up its doubles teams a bit for Thursday’s duel. Reece teamed with Tayloe for an 8-0 win at No. 2. Megan Peters joined Neumark for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Bowers and Lizzie Hanes from Ashe defeated Elkin’s White and Gwyn in the top-flight match, 8-6.
The Elks will go out of conference in their next match, hosting Surry Central on Monday.
EAST WILKES 9, STARMOUNT 0: The Cardinals bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Elkin with a sweep of the visiting Rams.
Jessica Rumple, Audrianna Bauguess, Rachael Greene, Kelly Johnson, Meredith Nance and Hannah Brown all won in singles for the Cards. Bauguess rallied against Ashley Griffin in the No. 2 singles match, losing the first set 7-5 but winning the second 6-1 and the tiebreaker 7-5.
The doubles teams of Rumple-Bauguess, Greene-Nance and Johnson-Mary Garris finished off the team sweep. East Wilkes improved to 3-1 with Thursday’s triumph.
Elkin 8, Ashe County 1
Thursday * at Elkin
1. Kaylee Brown E def Courtney Bowers AC 6-0, 0-6, 7-3 tiebreak 3rd set
2. Ashlyn Reece E def Lizzie Hanes AC 6-1, 7-5
3. Emma White E def Sierra Wilson AC 6-2, 6-0
4. Esther Neumark E def Haley Maloney AC 6-1, 6-1
5. Sarah Gwyn E def Amanda Tugman AC 6-1, 6-3
6. Mary Tayloe E def Anna Wooten AC 6-0, 6-0
1. White/Gwyn E lost to Bowers/Hanes AC 6-8
2. Reece/Tayloe E def Wilson/Maloney AC 8-0
3. Neumark/Megan Peters E def Tugman/Peyton Brown AC 8-1
East Wilkes 9, Starmount 0
Thursday * at Ronda
#1 Jessica Rumple d. Susanne Kelly 6-0, 6-2
#2 Audrianna Bauguess d. Ashley Griffin 5-7, 6-1, (7-5)
#3 Rachael Greene d. Kelli Bonner 6-0, 6-2
#4 Kelly Johnson d. Danielle Mosteller 6-4, 6-2
#5 Meredith Nance d. Martina Martinez 6-2, 6-0
#6 Hannah Brown d. Lupe Carachure 6-2, 6-1
#1 Rumple/Bauguess d. Kelly/Griffin 8-2
#2 Greene/Nance d. Bonner/Mosteller 8-6
#3 Johnson/Mary Garris d. Martinez/Carachure 8-1
MOUNT AIRY 1, ELKIN 0: The game was called at halftime Thursday due to lightning in the area. The Bears improved to 2-0, while the Elks fell to 0-2-1.