Warren County earns district win over Central

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School’s volleyball team has planned squad outings this fall to bring the Wildcats closer together.

Whether going bowling or enjoying pregame meals together, the Maroon and White have stayed tight to produce a 2-2 Bull Run District record, 6-3 overall.

Coach Dorinda Robinson’s group evened its district mark to .500 Thursday with a 3-0 straight sets victory over Central High School (0-4, 1-9).

The Wildcats ran off 25-20, 25-8 and 25-19 scores.

“We’re building more of a team foundation this year. We’re not just friends, but we’re teammates. It’s been fun,” said senior Arianna Smoot.

Smoot scored three kills and four blocks to go with sophomore Kaley Foulks’ seven kills. That was the same number of spikes going to Mary deVenoge. Junior Cor’shauna Cunningham had three kills and three blocks.

Whatever the Wildcats have been doing off the court, it is paying off between the lines just now.

This was the second straight victory for the home team after losing a pair in mid-September.

“We did a good job of spreading the ball around,” said Robinson. “We feel we have six hitters who can score from anywhere, any time. The passing looked good tonight.”

Warren senior Taryn Post had 14 assists for the winners while sophomore Morgan Coons netted five of such action.

The “team aspect” was in full view at a boisterous Warren County gymnasium, where fans and family rooted for nearby Central as well as the homestanding Wildcats.

Foulks notched four kills in the first set; then it was deVenoge’s turn. She collected four in the second game.

Smoot and junior Cunningham were feisty on the net throughout the three sets.

“I thought we played well in the first game and really competed in the third game. We got down in the second game, which is what we tend to do,” said Central coach Alyssa Bane.

Bane is trying to mold a roster out of 2015 junior varsity players mixed in with a few veterans.

Robinson suffers no such situation. She has five seniors on the roster with plenty of experience playing in district and conference games.

That longevity was in play in the Warren County gym.

In all three games, the Wildcats jumped out to early leads and then stifled the Falcons to the end.

The only set where such a nature failed to exist was in game three.

Like the others, Warren jumped ahead 4-0, but Central whittled the lead to 1 point on a block-kill, a technical error by the Falcons, a kill by Kila Watson and an out-of-bounds error on the Wildcats.

Warren County led 17-11 based on a Central fault, a kill by deVenoge and an ace by Chelsea Ruffner, but the Falcons then turned the tables.

It scored four consecutive points to pull with 17-15, but that was as close as it would get in the deciding set.

Warren County was never tied nor did it ever trail Central.

In game one, Central made it a 2-point game (15-13), but Foulks’ kill and Smoot’s spike put the team ahead by 4.

“We’ve had real good chemistry the last two games,” said Smoot. “We had an injury in the previous game and one (Thursday) night, so we’ve had to change our lineup. We’ve still stuck together.”

Game two saw Warren County open a 6-0 lead from which Central was unable to come back.

“We can still be a good team. We just have to let it go. We’re going to work on our setters attacking the net more. We’ll just keep trying,” said Bane.

Falcon junior Darden Lear recorded three kills, as did junior Rachel Irvin.

Watson added two blocks.