LAKE WACCAMAW –West Bladen and East Columbus engaged in a back and forth affair on Thursday before the visiting Lady Knights eeked out a 3-2 Three Rivers Conference win on the volleyball court.
The Lady Gators opened the match with a 25-18 win, but West Bladen battled back and squeeked out a 28-26 win to knot the match at 1-1.
The Lady Knights kept the momentum in the third game and prevailed by a 25-15 margin to take a 2-1 edge, but East Columbus rallied in the fourth game and handed West Bladen a 25-12 loss that tied the match at 2-2.
The two teams went to the wire in the deciding game, and the Lady Knights finished off the match with a 16-14 win.
“It was an intense game,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “Both teams played great. We just happened to push harder and came through with a win.”
The Lady Knights recorded 44 total kills in the match, led by Raegan Davis’ 16. She also contributed six aces, a solo block and 11 digs for West Bladen.
Caroline Davis recorded 20 digs for the Lady Knights, while Patience Parker turned in eight kills, an ace and seven digs; Mikayla Winebarger had eight kills, a block and nine digs; Elizabeth Allbright had seven kills and two digs; and Lexie Corrothers had four kills.
The Lady Knights are now 5-10 overall, 5-7 in the conference.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Eagles turned in their third straight shutout — led by Gabe Barber’s hat trick — and handed visiting St. Pauls a 7-0 Three Rivers Conference loss.
East Bladen took a 3-0 lead into halftime, then tacked on four more goals in the second half to seal the win.
Behind Barber’s three goals, the Eagles got single scores from Jake Evans, Caleb Hatchell, Irvin Hernandez and Brooks McGill.
Evans led East Bladen with three assists, while Hatchell, Hernandez, McGill and Greyson Heustess each had one assist.
The Eagles recorded 138 steals in the match, led by Pierce Melvin with 16, Evans with 15 and Keshaun Davis with 13.
East Bladen is now 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
— In Lake Waccamaw on Thursday, the Lady Knights took four of the six singles matches and two of the three doubles to seal a 6-3 Three Rivers Conference win over host East Columbus.
In singles, Conner Brisson earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1; Autumn Brisson took a 6-3, 6-3 wuin at No. 4; Mireya Sandoval got a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5; and Alyssa Smith won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6.
In doubles, Helen Lopez and Autumn Brisson teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 2; and the duo of Sandoval and Smith took an 8-5 win at No. 3.
West Bladen is now 11-0-1 overall and in the conference.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Lady Eagles fell to visiting Red Springs in a Three Rivers Conference match, 8-1.
East Bladen’s lone point in the match came from the No. 1 doubles team of Jayme LeeAnn Frady and Ting Lin, who earned an 8-5 win.
The Lady Eagles are now 3-12 overall and in the conference.