After a lot of hard work and some close losses, the William Byrd girls finally got a victory last week. And, as expected when you go a long time without tasting something, it went down good.
The girls defeated Jefferson Forest in Forest last week in four sets for their first win of the season. They went to the well without a drink eight times before beating the Cavs, and on more than one occasion a close loss in the first set was their undoing. Byrd would then have an uphill battle and they struggled to recover.
At Forest, the same scenario seemed to be playing out. Byrd lost a close first set, 25-23, and it looked like the same old story. However, this time they turned it around and won the next three in a row, 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20.
“It was an exciting match,” said a happy coach Allison Thornton. “That was a good win against a 7-1 team.”
Faith Andrews had 12 kills, 12 digs and five aces to lead the Terriers. Elena Boitnott had 32 assists, Lauren Heck had 10 kills and eight digs and Maddy Nance had six blocks.
On Thursday the Terriers played host to Northside for their annual SPCA Benefit Night. Unfortunately the dogs didn’t come out on top this time as Northside won in three sets, 25-19, 26-24, and 25-22. Maddy Nance put down three blocks, Mary Kate Price had 10 digs and Hannah Shelton had three aces.
Byrd played host to Franklin County on Monday and fell in four, again losing the first set by a score of 25-22. The Terriers bounced back to even the match with a 25-22 win in the second set, but Franklin came on strong and put it away, 25-20 and 25-13.
Lauren Heck had 10 kills and 15 digs against the Eagles. Price had 11 digs and Megan James was flawless on the service line, serving 100% for the game.
Now 1-10, the girls will have their work cut out for them again tonight as they travel to Daleville to play undefeated Lord Botetourt.
On Saturday the girls will host a tournament at William Byrd High School, then Byrd is home against William Fleming a week from today.
Saturday’s event is the “Diggin’ at the Dog Pound” Terrier Volleyball tournament. Joining the host Terriers will be Alleghany, Liberty and Floyd County. Byrd will play Liberty at 9 am, Floyd County at 11:30 am and Allegany at 2 pm. After the round robin the teams will be seeded for a third place game at 4:30 pm, followed by the tournament championship match at 5:15 pm. All times are approximate depending on the length of the matches.