In a matchup of Bay Rivers District heavyweights, Jamestown defeated Warhill in straight sets, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 on Thursday night.
“It’s always tough to play at Warhill. We graduated six players and they lost some seniors,” Jamestown coach Thomas Stephenson said. “It’s a huge win, Warhill and Grafton are top teams, and we’ve beat both on the road.”
The win for Jamestown (10-3 overall, 8-0 Bay Rivers) over Warhill (7-6, 6-2 Bay Rivers) keeps the Eagles undefeated in district play.
After jumping out to an early first set victory, Jamestown battled some adversity in the second set.
Warhill led 14-8 at one point and later on 20-17.
The momentum swung in the Eagles favor after a Jamestown timeout.
Jamestown was able to capitalize on Warhill’s errors and lean on Emma Schriner, a 6-foot-3 Tennessee commit and Gatorade Player of the Year candidate, as the Eagles rolled off eight of the next nine points to take the second set 25-21.
“We had a couple of servers step up. We have some strong servers and we were able to get them out of their system which gave us easier balls to defend,” Stephenson said.
Warhill jumped out to another early lead in the third set but once again couldn’t sustain it.
After trailing 11-6, Jamestown evened the score at 23.
On the ensuing possession, Warhill committed a service error, and Jamestown took the next point as well to close out the third set 25-23 and win the match.
For Jamestown, Schriner led the team with 20 kills, and Madison Kolda had a team-high 30 assists and five aces. Schriner and Emma Yaugo each had two blocks, and Maddie Pettengell had seven kills, 14 digs and a block.
For Warhill, Allison Faber led the team with five kills and four blocks. Giorgia McLean had three kills.
Looking ahead, Jamestown will play Tabb on Sept. 26 and Warhill will play New Kent on Sept. 26.
Stephenson said he’s optimistic of his team’s prospects going forward.
“I love this team. I have a lot of kids who have been sitting in the wings waiting for seniors to graduate. They’ve all come in, stepped up and showed that they’re really good players,” Stephenson said.
Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.