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North Clay volleyball tops Sullivan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gracie Timberman

Times Staff Reporter

The North Clay seventh-and eighth-grade volleyball teams each claimed victories in sweeps of Sullivan.

Alisha Long
The seventh-grade Knights fell down 0-6, but battled back behind a strong serving performance by Stacy Payton.

Both teams struggled to control the game until the Knights took the lead at 12-11 and never looked back.

After that, Makenzie Stewart, led the Knights on a seven-point run while serving.

North Clay had a 23-13 point lead when Sullivan started to rally bringing the score to 24-22 before the Knights regained control.

Megan Sampson, notched the game-winning point on a backwards bump that fell over the net to the surprise of the Arrows.

In the second game, North Clay had a 4-1 lead when Alisha Long helped the Knights to an 11-1 lead while serving.

During the run, Long had multiple serves that were unable to be returned and an ace.

After that, Sullivan started to rally taking the lead at 13-12, until North Clay regained control.

Alex Swaim
While serving, Quinn Albright helped the Knights retake the lead and extend it to 18-14.

After taking the advantage, North Clay didn't look back, and cruised to a 25-18 victory over Sullivan, taking the match 2-0.

The eighth-grade Knights found themselves in an early 0-2 deficit until a spike from Morgan Stearley got them going.

After Stearley's point, Zoe Orman helped the Knights extend the lead to 10-2 with her serves.

Sullivan squandered its next serving opportunity and gave the ball back to the Knights with a score of 11-3.

Gracie Timberman, led the Knight's on a six-point run to make the score 17-3, before Sullivan stopped the rally.

During the run, the Knights had scoring plays from, Stearley and Gabby Horrall.

Next, while serving, Stearley helped the Knights to a 20-4 lead on serves that hit Sullivan players, or were unable to be returned.

The Knights continued to build on their lead and won the game on two consecutive scoring serves from Alex Swaim.

In the second game, the Knights took control early, and never let up, increasing its lead to 5-0 early.

Madison McDonald served during the Knights 5-0 start, with most serves not being returned. Swaim carried over her strong serves from the end of game one, leading the Knights on a rally that pushed their lead to 14-3.

Swaim's fast serves were well placed and proved hard to return by the Arrows.

The Knights got the ball back at 16-4 with Bre Dove extending the lead to 20-4 on serves that Sullivan couldn't return, before serving the ball into the net and giving the serve back to Sullivan.

After Sullivan served, Horrall tipped the ball at the net giving the serve back to the Knights with a 21-5 lead.

Kaylee Cooper led the Knights to victory with four-straight serves that resulted in Knights points, and closed the match with another 2-0 North Clay win.

Both North Clay teams improved to 9-0 this season with a trip to Woodrow Wilson on Thursday at 5 p.m.