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MADISON - Boone County’s volleyball squads met at Scott High’s gymnasium on September 9 to face off in the 2021 season’s first tri match between them.

The Scott High School Lady Skyhawks (4-3), the Sherman High School Lady Tide (0-4), and the Van Junior-Senior High School Lady Bulldogs (1-0) all played matches two nights before.

The Lady Hawks’ match against Sherman saw the hosts take a commanding early lead, reaching 20 points in only four possessions. Sherman, who won their match against the Lady Dogs 2-0, struggled to keep up with their opponents and ultimately lost the first set 25-10. The second set saw an improved effort, but the Lady Hawks ran away with the lead again to take set two with a 25-17 scoreline. Scott senior Abigail Walls was among the girls that put forth a notable effort in taking a large lead across both sets.

In their match versus Van, Scott dominated the first set for a 25-8 win in six possessions. The second set, however, proved that the Lady Bulldogs were able to fight back. With strong showings from junior Emma Wilcox and Maycee Johner, as well as senior Jazmyn Gibson, Van took the second set 25-14 and tied the match. Set three saw more back-and-forth play from the two sides, but Scott High were able to maintain possession for long enough to beat their challengers to the finish line. With a 25-15 score, the Madison squad ended the night with the 2-1 victory and a triumph over both of their cross-county rivals.

Scott’s head coach, Liz Underwood, is pleased with the early season thus far. “It’s a great group of young ladies with great attitudes,” says Underwood. “We have eighteen talented players and we are several deep for each position.” Her team’s ability to make substitutions with their roster size has helped to keep the players energized. The Lady Hawks are 6-3. Sherman have been without their full squad due to quarantines, but coach Terri Dawn Williams is glad that the Lady Tide were able to play. “We did a lot of good things but still have work to do,” says Williams. “The girls are working hard and we are getting better everyday.” Lady Bulldogs Coach Bonnie Chambers says that it is still quite early in the season to predict where the teams will go but was pleased that Van were able to win their opening match 3-0 against Chapmanville Regional High School (4-5).

Scott (6-3) will play against Westside (0-3) at home on September 14 at 6 p.m. Sherman will host Ravenswood (6-3) and Van (1-2) the same night, beginning at 6 p.m. Van’s next match at home is against Tug Valley (0-1) on September 21 at 6 p.m.

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