02/22/2024
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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus outlasted West Bladen 3-2 Wednesday night in a marathon non-conference volleyball match that was the season opener for the Lady Knights.

West Bladen captured the 1st set 25-19, but the Lady Gators rallied to take the next 2 sets 25-12 and 30-28. The Lady Knights bounced back to win the 4th set 25-19, but East Columbus posted a 15-10 victory in the deciding set.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Maddie Walters fired in 12 service points, knocked in 5 kills and had 3 digs and an ace for West. Walters and sophomore Karly Ross were both brought up from the jayvee squad because 2 varsity players were out. Ross led the defense with 10 digs and added 2 service points and an assist.

“They (Walters and Ross) actually played 8 sets tonight,” said Lady Knights Coach Gaye Davis. “Our girls actually played well. Our girls are young, but I am pleased with the hard work and fighting spirit. You can’t always judge a game by the score.”

Junior Makayla Wright drilled in 4 aces, 10 service points, 8 kills and a block for West. Sophomore Trinity Meares hammered in 8 kills and a block. Sophomore Jena McLean racked up 9 service points and dished out 8 assists.

Junior Emily Young filled up the stat sheet for West with 9 assists, 5 service points and 5 kills. Senior Kayla Norris slammed in 7 kills and a service point. Junior Catherine Dowless knocked in 6 service points.

West Bladen is scheduled to play at West Columbus Thursday at 6.

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