Ellis volleyball win streak at 24

Published 9:29 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ellis’ varsity volleyball team pushed its winning streak to 24 with a 2-0, season-opening win over host South Davie on Sept. 10.

In a 25-15 first set, Zoe Clark and Abby Sloan served four points each. In the 25-12 second set that dropped the Tigers’ record to 1-1, Clark put up eight service points.

Coach Beth Hall-Love said Jessie Crosby “played a great all-around game, and Kayla Moore and Dakota Hutchins had several kills.”

It was the Jaguars’ 13th straight win over South.

The Jaguars went 24-1 the past two years, including a perfect season (11-0) in 2014. Hall-Love is 67-10 in her seventh year at the helm. She guided Ellis from 2007-11, then returned as coach in 2014.

In the junior varsity match, Ellis downed South 2-0.

In the 25-8 first set, Elizabeth Tilley served eight points and Emerson Justice five. In the 25-12 second set, Justice had the hot hand with nine service points and Anna Ortiz added six. Hall-Love said Angela Zamora “showed great hustle.”

The Ellis JV was 6-1 last year. South’s JV dropped to 0-2 on the season.

North Davie’s varsity evened its record at 1-1 with a 2-0 home win over Summit on Sept. 10.

Payton Crotts, Abbey Custer and Ricki Wilson were the main weapons for North.

“Crotts (the libero) did a great job with serve receives, passing and hitting,” first-year coach Haley Miller said.

The Wildcats were in a deep hole in the first set, trailing 21-10. Custer “served us all the way back to 21-21,” Miller said. And Wilson “played an outstanding middle front with four kills and three blocks,” she said.

Miller played for Davie from 2008-11, then played on the college level at Winston-Salem State.

North’s junior varsity is also being piloted by a new coach, and Dana Quesinberry’s squad swept Summit in two sets to square its record at 1-1.