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Volleyball team is 2-0 after beating Northside

By Sports editor Brian Hoffman

The William Byrd girls have been the “comeback kids” in the early part of the volleyball season. For the second time in as many matches the girls fell behind on Tuesday, only to come roaring back for a win over Northside in their home opener Tuesday in Vinton.

Byrd opened the season last Tuesday by taking three sets in a row after dropping the first two to Lord Botetourt in Daleville. That was a huge win, as it snapped LB’s 56 match win streak.

On Tuesday of this week in the girls dropped the first set again, 26-24, to the Vikings. However, they completely turned things around by winning the next three convincingly, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-16.

Mattie Andrews led the team offensively with 18 kills and Kamryn Sigafoes added 11 kills.  Trinity Hylton dished out 25 assists and put up two blocks for the Terriers.  Setter Carsyn Kotz added 11 assists while Grayce Dantzler picked up 13 digs in the match.  Senior Kasey McKee added five aces.

Now 2-0, the Terriers will try to keep the ball rolling tonight with a match at Staunton River. Byrd had a match with William Fleming cancelled last Thursday.

“The Fleming game was canceled due to Covid at Fleming,” said Byrd coach Allison Thornton. “They have since dropped all games from the schedule so we will not be playing William Fleming this season.  We are picking up some games with Bassett.”

Byrd’s Grace Dantzler goes low to dig out a serve. (photo by Brian Hoffman)

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