The William Byrd Terriers hope to have better luck out of town as they play a road game for the first time tonight. The Terriers will be at Roanoke County rival Glenvar in a match that was originally scheduled for Vinton.
The girls played their first four matches at home and have yet to come out with a win. It’s been a brutal early schedule as Byrd has played some of the top teams in the area to open the season.
“The scores are close and the girls are continuing to battle and grow as a team,” said Byrd coach Allison Thornton. “Although our record does not reflect our progress, I am proud of how our team is continuing to fight and improve.”
Last Thursday at home the Terriers dropped a three set match to Patrick Henry, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-22. Senior Mary Kate Price led the team defensively with 11 digs. Senior setter Elena Boitnott paced the offense with 12 assists and junior Faith Andrews put down 7 kills.
Monday night Byrd hosted Salem and battled a region rival to the wire before coming up short, losing in three sets with scores of 26-24, 25-14 and 25-23. The Terriers led 23-21 in both the first and third sets but let them get away.
Freshman Grayce Dantzler led the Terriers against Salem with seven kills and eight digs. Boitnott paced offense with 12 assists and senior Lauren Heck added seven kills. Junior middle hitter Maddy Nance put down five solo blocks.
On Tuesday Byrd played another region rival, Jefferson Forest, and fell in four sets. Byrd won the first set, 25-20, but the Cavaliers rallied to take the next three, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-23.
“We missed serves and hitting errors hurt us as we fell short in the last three sets,” said Thornton.
Sophomore Alison Stoehr had six kills against JF and Dantzler had five kills and 14 assists. Heck contributed nine kills and 12 digs.
After tonight’s game at Glenvar the Terriers will have two more tough opponents on the road next week. Byrd is at Cave Spring on Tuesday and at PH a week from tonight.