Strong defense pushes Warhill volleyball past Jamestown

Staff Writer

Warhill’s girls volleyball team beat out rival Jamestown in three sets Wednesday night.

Warhill (22-2), ranked second in the region, worked defensively on the court to beat the Eagles (17-5).

“The girls hustled,” Warhill varsity volleyball head coach Greg Koon said of the win. “We just live to place defense until we can dig a ball and set until we can take a full swing.”

In the first set, Jamestown scored on the first serve, but a quick spike after the second Jamestown serve leveled the score for Warhill.

After that, the first set went to Warhill, 25-17.

In the second set, Jamestown’s hitters and setters ramped up the pressure on Warhill’s defense halfway through the round.

Warhill took an early lead in the set, but Jamestown battled back from an eight-point deficit to tie the set at 12-12.

The teams went point for point in extended play with a block from Jamestown sophomore Anna Paige Yaugo keeping the Eagles ahead.

Jamestown’s streak ended when Warhill scored three times in succession to take the set, 30-28.

“Jamestown definitely found some momentum and some excitement,” Koon said. “Any team that has that is always going to be a tough competitor.”

A series of late spikes by Warhill junior Hailey Hopkins and strong serves from the Lions routed Jamestown in the second set.

After Jamestown’s second set defeat, Warhill’s 13-girl squad seized the momentum and pushed past the Eagles to win the third set.

“We didn’t have as many service errors and hitting errors as we usually have,” Koon said. “We’re working with the hitters to have better placement.”

For Jamestown’s head coach, Tom Stephenson, defeat is an opportunity for his team to find out where they need to improve.

“We’re just not finding a way to close out the sets,” Stephenson said. “The third set was close until we made a couple of unforced errors at the end. I don’t think they were aggressive enough.”

“I think they out-hustled us on defense,” Stephenson said.

The team is young, Stephenson said. “I set a high bar but they have come a long way.”

Koon highlighted senior Chloe Wilmouth, who will play at East Carolina University next year on an athletic and academic scholarship.

Jamestown, ranked fourth regionally, will play at the regional tournament on Saturday at Jamestown High School, Stephenson said. The time for the event was not immediately available.

“They matched our enthusiasm, and in the end, they went point for point,” Koon said. We finally got them to make a mistake at the wrong time.”

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