BHHS splits with WEHS in region
For now, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls will have to share the bragging rights in regional play.
The teams met Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Devils’ Den. The contest turned into a barnburner with Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High breaking even in a dual match with a win apiece.
After losing the first match to Blackville-Hilda High, Williston-Elko High swung the momentum in its favor with a 25-13 win in the second set of the final match. The team then went on to stage a third set rally to even the match.
Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said despite some early mistakes, the team never gave up hope in the match.
“This is easily one of the best matches we’ve played this season. I’m so proud of these girls overcoming all of the mistakes we made to come away with a victory tonight,” Strong said.
Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said her team started out really strong before the mistakes took a toll late in the match.
“Definitely a little disappointed about the outcome. We had the momentum pretty much all the way, but just lost focus in the last two games,” Richmond said.
For the undefeated and region-leading Blackville-Hilda Lady Hawks, it was oh so close for the team taking home bragging rights in the match. After sweeping the first match, the Lady Hawks were just two points away from another sweep in the second match.
In that match, the Lady Hawks led 23-15 in the decisive set. Down but not out, the Lady Blue Devils rallied behind the serving of Rachel Weatherford.
Weatherford reeled off nine straight serving points, including three aces to give the team a 25-23 win. The victory enabled the team to complete the game match.
After losing the first set 25-15, the Lady Blue Devils bounced back with a 25-13 decision win in set three to capture the match.
Besides the superb play by Weatherford, the Lady Blue Devils were also led in the set by Mia Cummings with four assists and three digs. Anslee Hiers finished with five serving points and two assists. Kristen Ulmer led the team with five assists.
The Lady Hawks were led in the final set by Kaitlyn Richmond and Nyla Jenkins.
Richmond, who led the team with six assists, also had four serving points and three digs. Jenkins had six serving points, six kills and three assists. Also playing well were Lekina Joyner, Bryanna Coleman and Mia Hutto with three points.
In the first match, the Lady Hawks soared to victory by scores of 25-20 and 25-21.
The top offensive performers for the Lady Hawks in the match were Kaitlyn Richmond, Bryanna Coleman, Nyla Jenkins, Lexina Joyner and Mia Janae Hutto.
Richmond paced the team with 11 assists, seven kills, eight serving points and three blocks. Coleman registered six assists, seven serving points and two digs. Jenkins tallied eight assists, six serving points and three blocks. Jenkins had seven serving points and seven assists. Joyner and Hutto each had six serving points.
Also playing well was eighth grader Melissa Williams who had four assists and two serving points.
For the Lady Blue Devils, Anslee Hiers highlighted the team with nine serving points, five assists and two digs. Maia Cummings recorded seven assists and three points. Rachel Weatherford notched 10 serving points, five assists and two digs. Kristen Ulmer led the team with eight digs. Fatima Nurven added six serving points and four assists.