Blowing Rock fell behind early in every set, but quickly righted themselves to get by visiting Green Valley in two matches, 2-0 and 2-0 on Nov. 10 at Blowing Rock School.
Each match was a best-of-three format, but in neither case was a third set required for a decision. The Rockets got particularly strong service runs from Natalie Fitch, Grace Tacheny and Kora Knight, with good front row support at the net by Montana Rattler, Lillon Henline and a hustling Sydney Marsh, among others.
Green Valley fashioned nailbiters in the first set of the first match and the first set of the second match. In the first match, Green Valley and the Rockets traded leads through 12-12, before Blowing Rock began to pull away for a 25-21 win. In the final match’s first set, Blowing Rock jumped out to what appeared to be a dominating 22-11 advantage, but then the visitors went on an seven point run to tighten the deficit to 22-18 before the Rockets regained control.
Blowing Rock won the first match by set scores of 25-21 and 25-17. The Rockets won the second match, 25-18, 25-6.
Still early in the season, Blowing Rock sits at 2-2 and tied with Bethel and Cove Creek for 4th place in the Watauga County Middle School standings. Hardin Park remains undefeated at 4-0, while Parkway and Mabel are tied for second with 3-1 records.
Next up for Blowing Rock is a road trip to face top-ranked Hardin Park on Thursday, November 12th, 4:00 pm.
Other Nov. 10 scores
• Cove Creek defeated Valle Crucis, 2-0
• Match 1: 25-20, 25-19
• Match 2: 25-19, 25-20
• Hardin Park defeated Bethel, 2-0
• Match 1: 25-15, 25-11
• Match 2: 25-15, 25-20
• Parkway tied Mabel, 1-1
• Match 1: 25-16, 25-17 (Parkway wins, 2-0)
• Match 2: 17-25, 23-25 (Mabel wins, 2-0)