ELKINS - Elkins High School's volleyball team finished their third match in three nights with a straight set victory over Lewis County (25-12, 25-21, 25-22) Thursday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
The Tigers darted out to a 14-5 lead in the first set with good serving and teamwork.
In fact, the Minutemaids did not have consecutive points until Kara Grose served three straight after a side out to inch closer at 14-9.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Steve Swick
Elkins’ Kayla Simmons prepares to serve against Lewis County on Thursday night. Simmons had nine kills and 10 attacks in the victory.
That was as close as they would get, however, because Taylor Miller took the serve and extended a 15-10 lead into a 22-10 Elkins advantage. There were some nice directed kills by Cassie Plishka in that sequence and after a few more exchanges the set belonged to the home team 25-12.
Elkins again started the second set with a significant lead at 10-5 but Lewis County's Alexis Rumbach trimmed the Tigers' lead to just one at 11-10.
For a stretch, neither team could pull away as there were ties at 12-all and 16-all.
Miller then served Elkins to 19-16 and after a great block from Lakin Hitt, Elkins went up 21-17.
Lewis County could not recover from that four-point deficit and the Tigers took the second set, 25-21.
The third set saw Elkins dominate at first, with Zandra Kelly, Hitt, Kayla Simmons and Tessa Krantz staking the home team to a 16-3 advantage.
The Minutemaids began to claw back into the set, eventually getting to within six at 11-17.
The Tigers' Plishka extended the lead back to nine at 20-11 but then Lewis County's Braley Bozic went on a roll, closing the lead to just one at 20-19 Elkins.
The visitors would come all the way back to tie the score at 21-all.
Hitt then got two critical points on her serve for 23-21 and two side outs later Simmons hit a serve that Lewis County could not control and the set and the match was over at 25-22.
"It was a great first set for us," Elkins coach Penny Crawford said. "The girls played well and were having a good time.
"The rest of the match we just played a little better than they did."
In the match, Simmons had nine kills and 10 attacks; Miller had four assists, four aces, six kills, nine attacks, and four blocks; Hitt had eight assists, eight aces, eight attacks, and 2 blocks; Plishka had three assists, four aces, six kills, and five attacks; Krantz had five aces; and Caroline Valdez had five attacks.
The Tiger junior varsity squad lost their match in three sets (15-25, 26-24, 15-25).
Elkins will celebrate Senior Night when it hosts Grafton at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.