The William Byrd volleyball team has had a tough start to the season, but it all came together Saturday in the Terriers’ home gym. The girls finished in first place in the second annual “Diggin at the Dog Pound” Tournament.
Byrd went 3-1 on the day, playing best-of-three matches. The Terriers opened with a two set win over Liberty, 25-21 and 25-21, then beat Floyd County, 25-22 and 25-21.
The Terriers lost to Alleghany in round robin play in three sets, 25-23, 13-25 and 15-11. However, Byrd and Alleghany had the best records after the round robin and played again in the final, and this time the Terriers came out on top, 25-10, 25-18.
“After a tough loss to Alleghany in the round robin the ladies had a show down with them in the championship match and took them down for the championship,” said a happy coach Allison Thornton.
With the wins Byrd improved to 4-11 overall for the season. Last Thursday in Daleville they dropped a three set match to undefeated Lord Botetourt, 25-9, 25-10 and 25-20.
The girls participated in Botetourt’s “Dig Pink” night, to help raise money to fight cancer. Both the Byrd jayvee and varsity players wore “No one fights alone” shirts and many decided to dedicate the game to a friend or loved one who has personally battled with cancer. Megan James served 100 percent for the game while Anna McSherry had four digs and Maddy Nance had four blocks.
The girls are back in action tonight with a Blue Ridge District match at home against William Fleming. Next Tuesday, October 3, they’re at Staunton River.