Carson Ledford

West Wilkes' Carson Ledford delivers a kill over Lindsey Edwards in the Blackhawks' 3-0 win over Elkin on Tuesday evening in Millers Creek.

West Wilkes hosted the Elkin Buckin’ Elks in Millers Creek on Tuesday. This contest pitted the top and the bottom teams in Mountain Valley Athletic Conference against each other for their second time of the season.

The Blackhawks notched a 3-0 win to clinch a share of the MVAC title.

West (18-0, 12-0) came out strong in first set behind the outstanding play of Cheyenne Clonch. With a 5-2 lead, Clonch stepped behind the service line and proceeded to hold serve for 10 straight points to push the lead to 15-2. Four of these 10 points were aces by Clonch.

The stubborn Elks, however, refused to fold easily and went on an 11-5 run of their own to cut the lead to six at 20-14.

The Hawks came back with a 5-3 scoring spree to claim a 25-17 victory for the set.

The second set was also closely contested for most of its duration. West and  (2-19, 0-12) were separated by no more than seven points until the final four points of the game in which the Hawks pushed their lead to a 25-16 victory margin.

The third set was more like what MVAC women’s volleyball fans have come to expect from the Blackhawks. West jumped out to 20-5 lead. During this stretch, Alyssa Parker held serve for 13-straight points.

Following liberal substitutions by both squads, West closed out this set, and its sweep of the Elks, with a 25-8 win.

The Blackhawks will have a chance to clinch their second-straight MVAC title on Thursday when they host Ashe County.

North Wilkes volleyball 3, Starmount 0

Senior Night was a success Tuesday evening in Hays, as the North Wilkes Vikings stopped Starmount 3-0 in Mountain Valley Athletic Conference action.

 
The Vikings improved to 13-7 and 6-6 in league play, while the Rams dropped to 5-14 and 4-8.
 
All four seniors on the 2019 Vikings' volleyball squad — Madison Byrd, Savannah Royall, Chasity Stamper, and Rachel Winkler — contributed in the win, which kept North Wilkes alive in the race for third place in the MVAC with two matches remaining.
 
A strong opening service run from Stacie Shumate helped the home team claim set one 25-20, but set two was tougher. The two teams battled to a 28-all tie before North put the set away with an ace from Royall.
 
Set three was easier, as North ended the night 25-18.
 
The North Wilkes JV team also scored a win Tuesday with a 2-0 score. That avenged an earlier-season loss to the Rams. The JV Vikings are 7-7 overall this season.

In other county volleyball action, Wilkes Central dropped a 3-0 decision to Alleghany.

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