HoCo sweeps Perry; VHS contends well in Columbus

Houston County beat Perry 3-0 in volleyball Thursday at home.

It was a bit of a “sluggish” start, said Head Coach Maria Huelsman, but “in the third, we took it to them we way we should have been playing all night.”

Serving, she said, “was devastating. All my kids have amazing jump serves. There was not one real stand out.”

However, she added, Kennedi Moore and Maya Wilburn had a great night on the net with “big kills,” and Destiny Pallord and Maira Marsh were “great with blocks and coming up with crucial kills.
“This team this year has to potential to be great. They worked so hard in the weight room all last year and this summer. They are hungry to redeem themselves after a disappointing season last year.”

Elsewhere, Veterans traveled to Columbus where it took on it and Newnan.

They were, said Head Coach Marlene Rogers, “two very skilled, balanced and effective teams.”

Veterans played Columbus first and took it to three. The Lady Warhawks lost the first 25-18, won the second 26-24 but fell in the final, 25-19.

Said Rogers: “This is the first time that Veterans has won a game against Columbus and I was very pleased with our play. We only have two seniors (Lorelei Diamond and Ashley Dostie) and they both had a big night (Lorelei Diamond and

Ashley Dostie).

Diamond finished with eight kills against Columbus and seven versus Newnan. Newnan won the match 2-0, 25-18 and 25-19. Alasha Heard was the team leader on the court, Rogers said, “a game changer when she was in the game.” She finished with 11 kills against Columbus and nine against Newnan. She also had two blocks against Columbus and one against Newnan.

Dostie was the leader on defense. The senior Libero had 15 digs against Columbus and 10 against Newnan.

“She was all over the court making digs and some amazing touches. She provided direction to a very young team and led the team in digs.”

Maci Dykes also had three aces and Abby Cross one whereas Izzy Coddington had 24 assists against Columbus and 18 versus Newnan.