North Davie volleyball on a winning streak
Published 9:20 am Thursday, December 10, 2020
After dropping the first match of the season, North Davie’s volleyball team reeled off three victories.
The loss was 2-0 at home to Summit on Nov. 19. The winning streak began with a 2-0 road win over Wesleyan Christian Academy on Nov. 23. Eight days later, the Wildcats took down visiting South Davie, the Tigers sinking to 0-3 at that point.
After the first two wins, coach Trish King said the catalysts were Raelyn Lankford and Mia Clemo.
“Raelyn and Mia are leading the team with points off serves,” coach Trish King said. “Both have a strong and consistent serve that will help us tremendously this season. I look for them to really stand out. Mia started out on the JV team until I realized I had made a terrible mistake. As the only seventh grader on the varsity, she makes her presence known. She is developing into quite the player.”
King pointed to outside hitter Hanna Steinour, libero Quinn Smeeton, Cecelia Pitcher and right-side hitter Kasie McClannon.
“Hanna is making strides as a strong hitter,” she said. “Quinn is a strong passer and server. Cecelia gives us consistent passing and serving skills. She may not have a strong serve, but the consistency with her serve makes her valuable on the back line. Kasie is consistently getting better as a right-side hitter.
“Although we have a lot to work on, we are developing into a pretty strong team.”
The Wildcats made it three straight on Dec. 3, winning 2-0 at home over Ellis. The Jaguars, who opened with a 2-0 loss at Summit, fell to 0-2.
“We had outstanding play from Lankford at setter and strong hits from Clemo and Steinour,” King said. “Kaylee Lynch had her breakout match at middle, playing great against a 6-1 middle from Ellis.”
South Davie broke into the win column with a 25-16, 28-26 home decision over Wesleyan on Dec. 3.
Coach Gloria Chalmers used eight players: Lyndsay Davis, Isabelle Branham, Jayce Whitaker, Mallorie Brown, Grace Ratledge, Raney Phelps, Ember Wilson and Skylar Dalton, who was pulled up from the JV.
“Brown is a good all-around player and leader,” Chalmers said of the captain. “She is very talented.
“Ratledge and Whitaker were awesome at the net with several hits, kills, blocks and tips. Wilson played great at libero. My two sixth graders, Phelps and Branham, played great and are starting to get more confident and improve each day.”