BHS Volleyball ends drought

  • Tori Sanders, center, and the Lady Warhorses celebrate their win over Silver Bluff High.

It took some time, but the Barnwell High girls varsity volleyball team finally lifted the “monkey” off their back - the monkey being the Silver Bluff High Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs have owned the series over the Lady Warhorses for the past five years with eight wins in 10 outings

That, however, changed Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Barnwell.

Not only did the Lady Warhorses defeat the Lady Bulldogs, they did it in dominating fashion in a four-set win.

For the Lady Warhorses, a quick start was the key to victory as the team prevailed in the first two sets by identical scores of 25-22.

After losing the third set 20-25, the team rebounded for a thrilling 27-25 win in set four to close out the match.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale was very proud of her team that just picked up their fourth straight win.

“Silver Bluff is probably our biggest rival so this is a beautiful thing to finally defeat them,” Massengale said. “We just came out tonight with positive energy and played to the best of our ability.”

The Lady Warhorses were fueled in the match by Kaylie Pridgen, Kyra Shuler and Hannah Creech. Pridgen scored a double-double with 13 assists, 11 serving points and six digs. Tori Sanders, who had a match-high 16 assists, also added seven serving points and two digs. Shuler netted nine serving points, nine assists and five digs. Creech registered 12 serving points and six assists.

Others enjoying a good outing included Julie Davis with 10 serving points and five assists. Makayla Anderson had a good all-around performance with 11 assists, nine serving points and two digs. Camryn Holloway recorded a team-leading seven kills and three blocks. McKenzie Anderson added six assists and five serving points.

“This was a big win against a very good Silver Bluff team,” Massengale said. “Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been playing some very good volleyball. This win just shows how good we can be when we come out focused and maintain that intensity throughout the match.”