Laiani McCullough collected 11 kills, Caroline Malphrus served up six aces and Emonee Johnson added four blocks as Battery Creek volleyball swept a tri-match against visiting Whale Branch and Woodland on Tuesday at the Palace.
The Dolphins downed Woodland 2-0 (25-11, 25-17) and claimed bragging rights over crosstown rival Whale Branch with a 2-0 (25-21, 25-12) victory.
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The Dolphins opened with an 11-1 run against the Wolverines and never let up. Multiple kills and aces gave Creek a lead as large as 16 before Woodland battled back with a 6-0 run, cutting Battery Creek’s lead to 23-11, but following an attacking error and a McCullough kill, Creek ended set No. 1, 25-11.
Battery Creek could not ride the same momentum from the previous set early on in frame No. 2 as the Wolverines jumped out to a 4-1 lead. The Dolphins regained the lead at the 5-4 mark, but WHS kept closing the gap as the set continued. Creek used a strong attack from its senior trio of Johnson, Malphrus and McCullough to push its lead to seven. After the Wolverines battled back to within two, BCHS used two separate 3-0 runs to win the set 25-17 and the match 2-0.
The Warriors gave the Dolphins quite a run in the first set before Battery Creek cruised to an easy victory in the second. Both teams battled early on in the first frame, exchanging points up to the 10-9 mark, where Whale Branch took its first lead. The Warriors extended their lead to five following two attacking errors, a receiving error and a big block. Two powerful swings from McCullough were followed by service errors, which kept Whale Branch’s lead at five. Battery Creek took their second timeout at the 19-15 mark. The Dolphins were able to claw their way back and retake the lead at the hands of Kenasia Heyward, who served up three aces during a 5-0 run. The Warriors tied it one more time at 21, but Malphrus served up another ace and McCullough finished off the set with another mighty kill, giving the set to Creek.
Multiple service and attacking errors led both teams to exchange the lead early on in the second set. After a bit of confusion following a double touch call, Malphrus quickened the pace from the service line and led a 12-0 run to give Battery Creek a commanding lead. Whale Branch added three more points before Brooke Crosby collected three consecutive aces to give Battery Creek the victory.
Battery Creek, Whale Branch and Woodland will square off again on Thursday in another tri-match at Woodland. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Written by Bracklin Lambert / Photo by Haley Maroney
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