Parkway trips Hardin Park

Parkway’s Raelin Nolan passes the ball in front of teammate Lilli Taylor (3) and Hardin Park’s Georgia Parker (13), Katie Matheson (16) and Maria Resendiz (11) during their match on Sept. 17.

BOONE — Parkway’s middle school volleyball team claimed victories over Hardin Park and over host Green Valley in a tri-match held at Green Valley School on Sept. 17.

Hardin Park claimed a 25-23 win over Parkway in the first set of their match, but Parkway regrouped and claimed a 25-11 win in the second set. The Patriots took the third set 15-6.

Parkway moved on to sweep Green Valley 25-14, 25-18. In the first match of the afternoon, Hardin Park beat Green Valley 25-18, 18-25 and 15-13.

Parkway (6-1) trailed Hardin Park 18-13 in the first set, but went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-18 lead. Hardin Park (4-3) retook the lead 23-22, but after a Parkway kill tied the set at 22-22. Hardin Park converted a free ball into a point and a Georgia Parker service ace gave the Golden Eagles the win in the first set.

Parkway broke a close second set open with a 5-0 run that gave the Patriots an 11-7 lead they would not give back. Hardin Park managed to stay to within 13-10, but Parkway’s Kasey Gragg served seven straight points. Gragg served three straight aces to put Parkway up 16-10, while Parkway also got kills from Lilli Taylor and Gracie Silver to take a 19-10 lead.

Gragg capped Parkway’s run with another serving ace to give the Patriots a commanding 20-10 lead. Dagon Newsom’s ace in the third set put Parkway in front 8-2, but a Hardin Park kill by Maria Resendiz put a stop to Parkway’s run. Parkway closed out the match with a 5-0 run capped by a kill by Gragg.

Parkway also took a big lead on Green Valley (1-6) in their match, the final match of the day. Parkway opened a 19-8 lead on the Eagles on a run capped by a pair of aces by Kara Schneider. Green Valley’s Hadley Woods scored back-to-back aces late in the match, but they were not enough to catch the Patriots

Parkway got off to a quick start in the second set, but saw Green Valley shrink the Patriots’ 5-1 lead to 5-4. Parkway struck back with an 8-0 run before the Eagles won a rally to trail 13-5.

Green Valley’s Brooklyn Stanbery served up an ace, but Newsom answered with four straight service aces to lead Parkway in front 19-6. Parkway led 21-13, but Green Valley outscored the Patriots 5-2 to pull to within 23-18 before Parkway scored the final two points of the match.

In the other tri-match, Valle Crucis swept Mabel 25-9 and 25-14. Valle Crucis also swept Bethel 25-18 and 25-18. Valle Crucis improved to 4-3 overall, while Bethel slipped to 1-5 and Mabel is 0-6. In the only single match of the day, Cove Creek beat Blowing Rock 25-16, 25-15. Cove Creek is in first place with a 7-0 record and Blowing Rock is tied for third with Hardin Park and Valle Crucis at 4-3.

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