Wildcats top Falcons in four sets

WOODSTOCK — Warren County has a lot of new faces on its volleyball roster. The team is still working through some kinks, but the Wildcats picked up a solid win on Thursday night.

Warren County knocked off Central, 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19) for its first Bull Run District win of the season.

“We’re a good team. We have a lot of skill, we’re just learning how to work with each other,” Warren County senior hitter Sam Schroyer said. “There’s so many different people. You have to figure out where you belong and who fits best with who. Nine games into the season, but we’re still getting our legs under us.”

The Wildcats trailed 8-6 early in the third set with the match tied at a set apiece. Central’s Kila Watson had two kills and three blocks to help push them in front.

Warren County (5-4, 1-3 Bull Run) then seized control of the set with a 13-1 run. Freshman Kaley Foulks had three kills and Arianna Smoot and Michaela Berry had one each during the run.

The Falcons (0-9, 0-4 Bull Run) cut the lead to 19-15 led by two kills from Savannah Gochenour and two aces by Cianne Fields.

The Wildcats responded with a kill by Jayme Goode and one by Schroyer to help put the game away.

In the fourth set, two blocks by Watson helped Central take an early 5-2 edge, but the Wildcats rallied again. Three service aces from Berry sparked a 7-0 run and the Wildcats stayed in front the rest of the way.

A kill and a block by Tamra Scott helped the Falcons cut the lead to 11-10. Warren County used a 9-3 spurt, aided by two kills from Schroyer, to take control of the set.

The Falcons had one last run in them as they cut the lead to 21-18 on a block by Scott. A kill by Foulks and a block by Smoot sealed the win for the Wildcats.

Warren County was coming off a five-set loss to William Monroe and Schroyer said it was nice to bounce back and get the win over Central.

“When you lose to a team that you didn’t think you should have lost to it just feels awful — just so bad,” Schroyer said. “When you come back and get a win it feels good.”

The Wildcats pulled a close first set as Berry had three kills. Central bounced back in the second set. The Falcons pulled away down the stretch with three service aces by Nicole Baker and a kill each by Watson and Kylie Stottlemyer.

Central coach Christy Barb was pleased with her team’s performance. She said she wanted her team to just have fun, and she felt like they did.

“We came out enthusiastic,” Barb said. “For once the team actually enjoyed playing — you could tell tonight. They wanted to have fun with it, and that’s where it starts.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com