Warren shuts out Central

FRONT ROYAL – After her team’s recent road loss, Warren County volleyball coach Dorinda Robinson said the team was looking for a leader.

Senior co-captain Jayme Goode took those words to heart as her Wildcats shut out Central on Tuesday night 3-0 (25-20, 25-16 and 25-17) in Bull Run District play.

“I think that each of the seniors are taking a role in leading the team. My job is to put myself into position for each play. I’ve played (three roles) for the team this year, and, though it gets confusing, that’s what I have to do,” Goode said after the straight-sets victory.

The senior collected a match-high eight kills, along with an ace and a block. Goode had three kills in the first set, three more in set two and finally two spikes in the deciding third set.

“We played well enough to win,” Robinson said. We have three more left (matches against Strasburg, Clarke and Madison), so everybody’s got to be in.”

And on Tuesday, the Wildcats (7-6 district, 10-8 overall) were. They have won three of their last four matches.

Each set started with a Central (0-11, 0-16) early lead and several ties before Warren opened up to finish each set convincingly.

“It’s hard,” said Falcon senior Cianne Fields, “because even though we’re improving, you don’t necessarily see it on the scoreboard.”

A district championship is for bragging rights, but each victory translates into points in the conference race. Teams go right into conference playoffs following the regular season.

Central led the first set 3-1 before Warren County came back to tie the match at 3 points apiece. After that it strung together a series of four more scores, the Wildcats had gone ahead 7-3.

Four consecutive points for the Falcons led to a 7-7 tie.

After that, the two teams tied four more times until Central broke through 16-15 on an ace by Dana Painter.

However, Goode scored a kill, teammate Michayla Bacon blocked a shot for a point and a Central error at the net put the Wildcats ahead 18-16. The latter would not trail for the rest of the set.

In game two, the profile was much the same. Central led 3-1 and 6-5. Then the match was tied again at 6 before Warren reeled off four straight points.

Another six-point run later brought the winners ahead 16-9. The largest Wildcat lead of set two came at 23-12 when Central made an error.

Just like in the first two sets, the Falcons led 2-1 in the third and last frame. After the set’s third tie, making the score 14-all, Warren scored four straight digits for an 18-14 lead and, ultimately, the match.

Warren County led in kills – 21-12 – although Central had more aces (9-3).

Behind Goode were Arianna Smoot and Sam Schroyer with four kills apiece.

Fields totaled four kills and three aces. Teammate Tamra Scott added four kills, two aces and a block.