October 02, 2013 Edition

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WR, Hoxie split on volleyball court

Walnut Ridge's Brooke Midgett (left) and Hoxie's Grace Hall battle it out at the net during a close senior high volleyball match. It took five sets for the Lady Mustangs to earn the win.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Lady Mustangs dropped the first two sets against Walnut Ridge, but rallied for the victory by winning three consecutive sets from the Lady Bobcats in 3A-Northeast volleyball action Thursday at Walnut Ridge's Sharum Gymnasium.

Walnut Ridge took the first two sets by scores of 26-24 and 25-17. Hoxie won the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-21 to send the match to a decisive fifth set, which the Lady Mustangs won, 15-11.

For Hoxie, Courtney Sears finished with 20 kills, 20 digs and seven blocks. Grace Hall had 14 kills, five digs and seven blocks. Maria Fry was 22-of-22 from the service line, with three aces, and had eight kills, 12 digs and a block. Emily Hatfield had nine digs.

Zoe Willfond had 18 assists and four digs. Chasity Kingsland added two kills and three digs. Krista Vankirk had 25 assists, five kills and seven digs. Sequoia Irvin had three digs and a block, and Brooke Willfond had eight digs.

For the Lady Bobcats, Sabrina Knight had 30 assists, 25 digs and four kills. Anna Bland was 18-of-18 serving and had 14 kills, 25 digs and an assist, and Brooke Midgett and four digs. Sunnie Cunningham finished with 19 digs, four assists, four kills and an ace.

Caroline Kelley was 17-of-17 serving, with three aces, and had 18 kills, eight digs and three assists. Nikki Pyle was 16-of-17 from the service line, with six aces, and had 14 kills, three digs and an assist. Hannah Massey was 24-of-24 serving, with three aces, and had 16 digs. Alyssa Leatherman was 20-of-21 serving, with two aces, and had 11 digs.

Hoxie won a senior B match 25-18.

Junior high

Walnut Ridge's junior high team moved to 8-0 in conference play with a 25-12, 25-11 win over Hoxie.

Baylee Burris finished with eight kills, eight digs and an assist for Walnut Ridge. Baylee Haskins was nine-of-11 serving, with four aces, and had two digs. Cirstin Lee was 15-of-15 serving, with an ace, and had three digs, one assist and a kill.

Brianna Nunley was 11-of-11 serving, with five aces, and had nine digs, four kills and an assist. Lane Robertson had 12 assists, three kills, five digs and an ace. Malorie Moore had 10 digs and two aces. Laurel Gaither had one assist and a dig, and Anna Wilcoxson had a dig.

For Hoxie, Sydney Gillham had two kills and a dig. Christin Barker had two kills and four digs, and Kenzie Orrick had a dig. Kerry Woodson finished with three assists and a dig, and Kayla Roberts had a kill. Kelsey Moody had three kills, two digs and one assist.

Walnut Ridge won a junior B match 25-11.

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