ELKIN — The Lady Huskies hit the road for a pair of conference matches at Starmount (Sept. 6) and at Elkin (Sept. 8). Ashe battled hard in both contests, but came out on the losing end in each of them.
Elkin 3, Ashe 2
The first match needed the fifth set tiebreaker to determine a winner after both teams made clutch plays throughout to each win two sets.
Ashe took the first set by a 27-25 score before Elkin bounced back in a big way to take the second set, 25-10.
In the third set, things were a little easier for the Lady Huskies as the visiting team was able to secure a 25-18 win.
With their backs against the wall in the fourth set, Elkin rallied for a 25-20 victory to force the fifth and deciding set.
Ashe just could not find any momentum in the final set while it seemed like all of Elkin’s shots found a way to score points. The Elks clinched the match with a 15-4 win.
Senior Lynsey Aldridge scored 10 of Ashe’s 27 kills during the match. She also led the way with 23 attacks. Mattie Joines finished with four kills and 16 attacks. Molly Shelton chipped in five kills, Gianna Federico had three, Rayna Blevins recorded two, Bella Potter had two and Haley Phipps added one kill.
The Lady Huskies had 13 serving aces in the contest. Joines led Ashe with three. Lyndsi Goodman, Aldridge and Shelton each finished with two. Blevins, Potter, Phipps and Jada McClure all added one serving ace.
Overall, Ashe put 68 of 74 serves in play, good enough for a serving average of just over 91 percent.
McClure led Ashe with eight digs. Hailey Taylor had four, Federico had three and Joines added three digs to go along with three blocks.
Goodman and Phipps led the way with nine assists and seven assists.
Starmount 3, Ashe 1
BOONVILLE — Ashe was able to get a win in the second set, but the other three sets all went Starmount’s way.
The Rams took the first set, 25-15. Ashe answered back with a 25-23 win in the second set to tie things up at 1-1. The third set went Starmount’s way by a 25-10 score. In the clinching fourth set, the Rams held off a scrappy Ashe team for a 25-19 win.
Starmount junior Maggie Freed led all players with 12 kills. Kayla Vanhoy had seven kills, Chloe Ford added six and Taylor Wood added six.
For Ashe, Aldridge had eight kills and 29 attacks. Federico chipped in four kills, Joined had three, Blevins had two, Potter had one and Shelton had one.
The Rams had 17 serving aces while Ashe had 11. Freed and Vanhoy had four apiece for Starmount. Phipps and Goodman each scored three aces for the Lady Huskies. Joines, Blevins, Aldridge, Shelton and Corinne Jones all had one ace.
Joines led both teams with six blocked shots. Ford recorded three blocks for Starmount.
McClure, Taylor and Aldridge topped Ashe with five digs each. Jones had three, Phipps and Potter both had two and Blevins added one.
Phipps had 10 assists to lead the way while Goodman chipped in seven.
Ashe now sits at 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference following those two tough losses.
The junior varsity team continued to add on wins by defeating both Elkin and Starmount. Ashe won both matches by 2-0 scores.
In the Elkin match, Ashe won the first set, 25-7, and finished off the match with a 25-17 win in the second set. Against Starmount, the Lady Huskies edged the Rams in the first set, 28-26, before clinching the win with a 25-12 win in the second set.
The JV team is 4-2 and 2-1 in MVAC play
Players of the Week
The Varsity Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-9 were Molly Shelton, Hailey Taylor and Rayna Blevins.
“Molly is an energized player and a very vocal leader on and off the court, helping teammates stay involved in the game,” said Ashe County head coach Tania Rollins.
Shelton finished the week with eight attacks, six kills and three aces. Taylor led the defense with nine digs and 14 serve receptions while Rayna had 23 attacks and four kills.
The JV Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-9 were Lauren Robinson and Cori Richardson. Robinson had eight attacks and six kills during the week.
“She (Lauren) played very consistently in both games helping JV with their wins,” said Rollins.
Richardson had seven aces, seven kills and 12 attacks. She also added three blocks against Starmount.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.