Strasburg made some solid comebacks but came up short each time in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-21) Bull Run District volleyball road loss to first-place Clarke County on Monday night.
The Rams trailed 21-9 and 22-12 in the opening set, before putting together a rally. Three aces by Madyson Judy and a kill by Kenley Smith helped cut the lead to 22-19, but back-to-back Strasburg errors gave the Eagles a 24-19 edge and they held on from there.
It was more of the same in the second set. The Rams trailed 17-7, before the net play of Hannah Kepler helped bring the Rams to life. Kepler had two kills and a block to help trim the deficit to 19-12. The Eagles (8-1, 8-1 Bull Run) scored 4 straight points and the Rams answered with 4 straight points. But back-to-back errors gave the Eagles the set.
The third set was closer from the start. Clarke County took a 13-11 lead and stretched it to a 17-12 advantage. A kill by Gracie Hart cut the lead to 17-13 and the two teams traded points for a stretch of the set. Clarke County built a 23-16 lead, but two kills by Kepler helped the Rams cut the deficit to 24-21. The Eagles ended the spurt and the match with a kill.
Strasburg (1-8, 1-8 Bull Run) hosts Luray tonight.
Luray 3, Stonewall Jackson 0
The Generals started off slow and couldn't recover in a 25-9, 25-15, 25-20, Bull Run District road loss to the Bulldogs.
Things couldn't have started much worse for the Generals in the first set as they trailed 22-4 in the opening set. They were able to win 5 of the last 8 points, including an ace by Katie Jordan, but a Luray kill ended the set.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 6-3 Bull Run) built a 19-10 advantage in the second set. Stonewall Jackson was able to cut the lead to 19-12, but that's as close as they could get.
Stonewall Jackson (3-6, 3-6 Bull Run) took an early 8-4 lead in the third set. An ace by senior Alexis Franklin eventually put the Generals in front 16-13. A kill by sophomore Annika Dellinger gave the Generals an 18-15 lead before the Bulldogs put together a rally.
Luray won 10 of the final 12 points, four of which came on kills, to seal the match.
Stonewall Jackson hosts Madison County tonight.