West sweeps to CCC volleyball title
Thu. October 17, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. | By Mike Duprez
West Davidson’s Rachel Hamrick lunges to save the ball near the net as teammate Madison Hunt and East Davidson’s Madison Gibson look on. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
THOMASVILLE | West Davidson entered the Central Carolina Conference volleyball tournament at East Davidson with a few things left to be settled, starting with where the Dragons would be seeded in the 2-A state playoffs.
After two solid nights of play, the Dragons got all that they wanted.
West, seeded second, swept past No. 4 seed and host East Davidson 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 in the championship on Wednesday and in doing so secured the conference’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
“Finally, our girls came in focused,” said West coach Michael Green. “They played with heart tonight. They played with intensity. They didn’t get down on themselves when they made mistakes. When they play like that, they’re a very good team, in my opinion.”
West (14-7) will host Parkwood on Saturday at a time to be determined in a first-round matchup.
The Dragons and North Rowan finished the regular season as co-champions of the CCC and the tournament was going to determine who would take the top seed for the playoffs.
But the expected rubber match between West and North Rowan got derailed by the upstart Eagles, who pulled off a huge, five-game upset over the top-seeded Cavaliers in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Eagles couldn’t duplicate what they did on Tuesday but coach Kim Warrick dismissed fatigue as being a factor.
“No. I just didn’t have the same team on the floor tonight,” Warrick said. “I don’t want to say they didn’t show up. I don’t know. They just couldn’t get a rhythm. Couldn’t get in a groove.”
East (7-14) will wait to see if it gets a wild card berth in the playoffs.
The Dragons brought plenty to the court on Wednesday with big hitting by Hannah Green, Sarah Green and Kaley Adair along with superb serving by Madison Hunt and setting by Rachel Hamrick. Adair had eight kills and a pair of aces, Hannah Green had seven kills and Sarah Green had six kills and five aces. Hamrick had 21 assists, two kills and five digs.
Taylor Moretz led East with five kills and Madison Gibson had four.
The Eagles held their own for awhile in the first game and led 13-12 on a Maddie Powers ace. But the Dragons responded with a 9-0 run behind three big hits by Adair and pulled away.
West seized control of the second game early and, led by Hunt’s line drive serves, quickly expanded an 11-6 lead to 18-7.
“She’s really good,” Green said. “She’s a jump server and all her serves have been very consistent. She’ll miss a couple but when you’re aggressive, you’re going to miss a couple. I was very proud of her tonight.”
Once again in the third game, West used a burst of points to turn a close margin into a big one. This time it was a 7-0 run prompted largely by East hitting errors as a 14-11 game became 21-11.
“We struggle in our passing,” Warrick said. “We didn’t get a lot of kills. It just wasn’t our game. It just wasn’t our night.”
It was definitely the Dragons’ night as they posed for pictures with the championship plaque.
“When they were freshmen they won the conference championship and the conference tournament championship,” Green said. “Now as seniors they get to do it again.”
Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.