BHS off to fast start in volleyball

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

Most young volleyball teams aren't supposed to start the season the way the Barnwell High varsity team has.
With seven newcomers and only two seniors, the Lady Warhorses have stampeded out of the gates with two dominating wins to open the season.
The Lady Warhorses started their impressive play on Aug. 26 in a 3-0 sweep over in-county rival Williston-Elko High.
On Thursday in the Hawks' Nest, the Lady Warhorses maintained their momentum in the county with a three-set victory over Blackville-Hilda High.
Barnwell High first-year coach Vanessa Mitchell said the new group of players have picked up the pace really fast.
"I'm surprised how well we have started the season," Mitchell said.
"The younger players have blended in with our two seniors and played really well. This is a great start to the season. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going."
Against Williston-Elko High, Barnwell High started with a 25-11 win in the opening set.
In the game, the Lady Warhorses settled in a groove early behind the play of Ashleigh Kennedy, who scored seven of the teams' first 10 points off serves.
More reinforcements came from Taylor Ward, Teil Huggins and Laken Pritchard with four serving points each.
For the Lady Blue Devils, Marissa Garrett led with four serving points and two assists. Mya Fagans contributed two kills and a block.
In the second set, Taylor Ward took over the offense for BHS with eight points, including three aces in a 25-11 win. Ward also contributed three digs and two assists.
Several others playing well in the set included Huggins, Pritchard and Makenzie Anderson.
Huggins registered six points and two digs. Pirtchard tallied five points, six assists and two digs while Anderson added four points and three assists.
The Lady Blue Devils were led by Ciera Smith, Garrett and Fagans with three points each.
In the third set, Barnwell cruised to a 25-11 win behind the plays of Ward, Ashleigh Kennedy and Anna Beth Grissom. Ward paced the trio with 10 serving points. Grissom had a good, all-around game with seven points, four assists, two digs and an ace. Kennedy recorded five points and two blocks.