By Sports editor Brian Hoffman

The William Byrd girls solidified their hold on first place in the Blue Ridge District volleyball standings with a win over Lord Botetourt last week. The Terriers swept the season series and the match in a big win in Vinton.

“I love watching these ladies work together,” said Byrd coach Allison Thornton. “The chemistry they have has been a big part of our success.”

Byrd needed five sets when they beat LB in Daleville in their season opener, but this time the Terriers only needed three. They won 25-21, 25-19 and 25-20.

Mattie Andrews had 16 kills for Byrd in just three sets to pace the offense. Kamryn Sigafoes had eight kills and three aces and Grayce Dantzler had 17 digs and three aces. Setter Trinity Hylton dished out 19 assists and also contributed three digs.

Terran Brown goes up for a block.  (photos by Brian Hoffman)


Byrd’s Kasey McKee tips one over the net in last week’s win over Lord Botetourt.

With the win Byrd improved to 5-0 on the season, and the Terriers haven’t played since last week. They were originally scheduled to play William Fleming on Tuesday but the Colonels have cancelled their season due to COVID concerns. Byrd picked up Bassett to replace that match but the Bengals also had COVID problems and that match was cancelled as well.

The girls return to action tonight with a match at Northside, followed by a home match with Staunton River next Tuesday. Then, they wrap up the regular season with a match in Rocky Mount against Franklin County on April 1st. That’s shaping up to be a big one as the Eagles have only lost once, and that was to Byrd in Vinton.

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