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Ledford wins county volleyball tournament


Ledford's Reghan Humphreys (12) and teammates Tori Farlow, Alis Styer and Alyssa Doby (from left) celebrate after winning game two on their way to defeating North Davidson in the Davidson County Volleyball Championship match on Saturday at West Davidson High School. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)


 

TYRO | Alis Styer was pounding line drive serves, Siarra Walker, Kayla Leach and Reagan Humphreys were hammering big hits and Tori Farlow was keeping a lot of balls from hitting the court.

Through it all, Ledford coach Megan Mayhew was smiling.

It was easy to understand why.

The Panthers had all facets of their game humming and it added up to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-13 sweep of North Davidson in the championship match of the Davidson County volleyball tournament on Saturday at West Davidson.

“I thought we did a lot of our fundamental things right,” Mayhew said. “We did a pretty good job of coverage. We got our serves in. We’re successful when we attack and don’t rely on tips and placement. If we go up and swing big, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

They certainly were Saturday.

Styer had 13 service points and four aces. Walker and Leach each had five kills. Jesse Hayworth and Humphreys each had four kills. Humphreys also had four blocks. Alyssa Doby let the setting with 20 assists while Farlow, the Panthers’ libero, had 11 digs.

The Panthers flew out of the gates with a 10-0 start with Walker getting two kills and two tips.

North staged a furious comeback, highlighted by Madison Everhart’s block of a Humphreys hit. A hitting error by Humphreys dropped Ledford’s lead to 21-18 and had Mayhew calling for a timeout.

When play resumed, consecutive blocks by Humphreys turned the tide and Ledford pulled away.

The second game was closely contested from beginning to end. Ledford finally took the lead for good at 22-21 on an unforced error. It was 23-22 when Walker blasted in a powerful kill.

“Siarra was just cleared to play,” Mayhew said. “She’s only about 80 percent right now. When we get her back to where she can fully swing, we’re going to be in great shape.”

Ledford then wrapped up the game on a Humphreys tip.

The Panthers broke a 4-4 tie with a 5-0 run in the third game and put it on cruise control the rest of the way.

“Our chemistry got a little off,” said North coach Denese O’Hara. “They got the momentum going and didn’t make any mistakes. They didn’t miss serves. They didn’t have unforced errors. We missed some serves and we had unforced errors.”

Everhart had four kills for the Knights. Taylor Darrow had four digs and three kills while Rachel Schurter served three aces.

 

Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or mike.duprez@the-dispatch.com.