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Terriers take Cave Spring to five sets

Allison Stoehr sets one up for Byrd in last week’s match
at Glenvar.
Photo by Brian Hoffman

The William Byrd girls will be at Patrick Henry tonight looking for their first win of the season. The girls have come up short in their first six games, battling some of the strongest teams in the Roanoke Valley.

On Tuesday the girls were at Cave Spring to battle the perennially strong Knights. Byrd battled to the wire before fall in five tough sets.

Cave Spring won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-10, and appeared ready to polish off the visitors. However, the Byrd girls battled back to win the third set, 25-22, then tied it up by taking the fourth, again 25-22. The fifth and deciding set to 15 went down to the wire, but the Knights pulled it off, 15-13.

“We battled hard,” said Byrd coach Allison Thornton. “We really fought back to take it to five sets.”

Lauren Heck paced William Byrd with 14 kills and eight digs. Lexi Dean served up six aces and Elena Boitnott dished out 28 assists to go with 10 digs.

Last Thursday the girls traveled to Glenvar and came up short in four sets.  The Terriers took the first set 25-22 but lost the last three with scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-22. Maddy Nance had eight blocks and Grayce Dantzler had nine kills and 13 assists.

After Thursday’s trip to PH the girls are back home to host Glenvar for a rematch on Monday. Next Wednesday, September 13, the Terriers are at Jefferson Forest and a week from tonight Byrd will host Northside for their third match in four days.

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