Garner shines as Davie volleyball beats West

Published 9:50 am Thursday, December 17, 2020

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Davie’s varsity volleyball team wasn’t spectacular at West Forsyth on Dec. 8, but the War Eagles were plenty good enough.

The scores from their three-set win: 25-22, 25-18, 25-18. It was Davie’s second shutout over the 2019 Central Piedmont Conference champion.

“We played pretty well,” coach Amber Brandon said after once-beaten Davie dropped West’s record to 3-4. “The scores were close, but we never really were behind. We got a lead in all three sets. We struggled a little bit to keep our lead, but we never had to play from behind.”

And then: “Nobody had a great game, but nobody had a terrible game. Everybody did their job and we are balanced enough that everybody just doing their job was good enough to win the match.”

All year McKenzie Stakely has been playing like her hair’s on fire. It was no different in Clemmons. “She is playing really strong right now in all aspects of the game,” she said.

But the most pleasing element of the night was perhaps Emily Garner. The sophomore has always been a setter, but she’s also learning to play effectively as an outside hitter.

“Emily had a couple really big hustle plays,” Brandon said. “In some long rallies, she had to chase the ball down or pick up an aggressive tip from them. Those are big momentum plays.

“Emily is having to play out of position right now because of the makeup of our team. She is a trained setter, but she’s also playing as a pin hitter. We have a lot of good players and a lot of good athletes, but we have a lot of kids who are trained to play one position. So she’s one of those kids having to play out of position. Every practice and every game in this new role she’s getting a little bit better. Emily is 100 percent a leader and she’s a workhorse.”


The War Eagles predictably throttled visiting Glenn in three sets on Dec. 10. The Bobcats sank to 1-7, their lone win over Reynolds.

Meanwhile, Aimee Loj and Davie ran their winning streak to three and their record to 7-1.

“Aimee had some good swings on the pin,” Brandon said. “She is having to play out of position some and really looked good. We had a good night from the service line.”