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Dragons mow down East

West Davidson’s Hannah Green hits one of her powerful serves against East Davidson during their volleyball match Tuesday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

TYRO | West Davidson’s volleyball match with East Davidson on Tuesday could have very easily been a trap game.

But the Dragons didn’t get tripped up.

Using contributions in the service game and at the net from a parade of different players, West held off the Eagles 25-14, 25-19, 25-19 on Crim Court. With that win, the Dragons set up a showdown at Central Davidson on Thursday that will decide the Central Carolina Conference championship.

East had extreme difficulty with West’s serves, regardless of who was sending them across the net. “We work on serves a lot,” West assistant coach Michael Green said. “We want to be able to spot serve, and pick apart the defense on the other side. That’s a key part of our game, spot serving.”

And with those serves coming across the net at varying speeds, depths and locations, the Eagles never could set up an attack in the return game. “We’ve struggled with passing all year,” East coach Kim Warrick said. “And that was just our problem today, passing and playing together as a team.”

West got off to a fast start, winning the first game in convincing fashion to set the tone for the afternoon. Leading 9-5 in the second game, Kayley Adair’s block ignited a 6-2 West run that gave the home team a comfortable 15-7 cushion. Hannah Green had two of her nine aces during that span, and Chloe Newsome dropped in another. East put together a rally to get back in it, with kills from Bailey Inman, Jordan Isom and Michaela Everhart, and an ace from Inman. But Newsome’s tip stopped the bleeding, and the Dragons took control from there. Rachel Hamrick rose above the net for a tip for game point, putting West in complete command.

Maggie Hughes and Kayley Adair each had seven kills for the Dragons.

The third game was more of the same, with Kristen Adair and Hamrick finding holes in the East defense for two aces each, and Hughes finished a kill for an 11-3 West lead. East fought back and got as close as 16-12 on Everhart’s kill, but East committed five errors down the home stretch — with a player in the net twice, two hits out of bounds, and a serve that sailed long. Newsome blocked an East shot for match point, putting the Dragons on path for their 20th straight conference championship.

But Central, which earned a share of the league title with West last season, will be ready for the Dragons on Thursday. Green hopes his Dragons are ready for the challenge. “After the Salisbury loss, we’ve been keying on a lot of intense workouts, spreading the ball around,” Green said. “We don’t want anybody to be able to stop one player and shut us down.

“We’re very excited about Thursday; that’s gonna determine first or second. Obviously we want to win. We’ve got to play hard, they’ve got a good team. We expect them to play hard as well; hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

West improved to 8-1 in the CCC, 13-8 overall. The Dragons visit Central on Thursday. East, now 5-4 in the CCC, 8-13 overall, hosts Salisbury on Thursday.

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