WEST JEFFERSON — The varsity volleyball team dropped a tough match at home against Avery County on Wednesday by a 3-1 score.
Avery squeezed by the Lady Huskies in the first set, 26-24.
Ashe bounced back quickly to take the third set by a 25-22 score to tie things up at 1-1.
In the third set, Avery was once again able to beat Ashe by a slim margin with a 25-21 victory.
In the match-clinching fourth set for the Vikings, the visitors earned a 25-18 win.
Ashe was led by senior Lynsey Aldridge who tallied 13 kills. Mattie Joines had seven kills, Rayna Blevins added four, Gianna Federico had three, Corinne Jones scored two kills and Haley Phipps added a kill.
Jada McClure had a great game serving the ball with four aces and only one service error. Aldridge added a pair of aces while Joines and Lyndsi Goodman each had one ace. As a team, Ashe made only seven serving errors in 76 attempts.
The Lady Huskies recorded 31 digs on the evening with McClure having 18 of those. Phipps chipped in 10 assists and Goodman had nine.
Ashe (0-2) will get a quick chance at redemption against Avery when they travel to Newland on Thursday for the team’s next match.
Varsity Players of the Week
Seniors Jada McClure and Corrine Jones are this week’s top players according to head coach Tania Rollins. McClure led the team with 50 serve receptions, 33 digs and seven aces. McClure also had an 82 percent passing rate.
Jones plays a key role off the bench for Ashe as a right side hitter. According to Rollins, she “plays with passion for the game and a competitive nature every time she steps out on the court.” Jones had two kills and two digs with no errors.
JV Players of the Week
Sophomore Emma Shepherd and freshman Cierra Burgess are this week’s top players on the JV squad. Shepherd is one of the team’s outside hitters and she improved as the week went out to add 16 attacks with eight kills against Avery.
Burgess is a defensive specialist for the team who is becoming a strong back row player. She led the team in serve receptions and digs this past week.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.