Gracie Lambert

West Wilkes' Gracie Lambert.

West Wilkes survived a Thursday night tussle between the two best teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference by beating Alleghany 3-1 in Millers Creek.

The first and fourth set were classics, with the Blackhawks coming from behind late to take both games 25-23.

West’s Cheyenne Clonch, who dominated in the middle all match long, delivered the final shot in set four, a rocket form the middle to help the Hawks improve to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.

West Wilkes rolled in set two, taking a 25-11 win that put the home team up 2-0.

But Alleghany, who like the Blackhawks had not dropped a set in the conference so far in 2019 prior to Thursday, won set three 25-20 capped by a kill from the left side by Abby Hawks.

The Trojans were also ahead 23-22 in set four. But a kill from Katie Nichols of the Blackhawks tied the set, followed by an unforced Alleghany error and Clonch’s final smash.

Alleghany dropped to 6-3 and 2-1 in league play with the loss.

Wilkes Central 3, Elkin 0

The Wilkes Central volleyball team improved to 2-1 in Mountain Valley Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 win against Elkin on Thursday evening in Moravian Falls.

The Eagles completed the sweep by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-9 but the second set score can be a little deceiving.

Midway through that set, the Eagles held a scant four-point advantage at 15-11. But strong play — both on serving and at the net — helped Central extend its lead.

First, it was a kill from Zoe Mathis, which set up some good serving from Madison German.

The senior recorded the first of four consecutive aces, with the help of a little miscommunication by Elkin’s defense, as a pair of Buckin’ ran into one another on her first serve. The aces extended the Eagles lead to nine at 20-11.

The Eagles (5-3) held a slim two-point lead in the first set at 7-5 before running off nine-straight points, headlined by trio of aces from Mathis.

Central pushed the lead to many as 12 (18-6) on kills from Savanna Goff and Morgan Johnson. Elkin got as close as 21-15 but the Eagles capitalized on a quartet of errors to close out the set.

The Eagles jumped out to a fast start in the third set, scoring the first six points, punctuated by an ace from Karlie Anderson.

Aces from Hayley Parker pushed the advantage to 10-2 and the Eagles put the set well out of reach at 20-8 with a dig from German and a kill from Christa Walsh.

The Buckin’ Elks dropped to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in MVAC play.

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