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Edwards’ eight aces lead Wise Central in sweep of Twin Springs

Kevin Mays • Aug 29, 2018 at 9:32 PM

NORTON — Central won big Wednesday. But it wasn’t pretty.

Both Central and Twin Springs struggled in Central’s 3-0 win over the visiting Lady Titans in nondistrict volleyball play.

“We just did not come ready to play. And I think we underestimate any team that is not in our conference. So we don’t play up to our level,” Central coach Jessica Sturgill said after her team took a 25-12, 25-21, 25-15 win over Class 1 Twin Springs. “We just really struggled.”

Both teams had several return and service errors throughout the match.

FIRST-SET JITTERS

In the first set, the two teams played evenly in the early going with Central holding on to an 8-6 lead.

The Lady Warriors (4-1) then pulled away, thanks in part to a strong service game from Savana Edwards.

Edwards finished with eight aces for the match, including three in Central’s 9-2 scoring run to pull away to a 17-8 lead.

The Lady Warriors took advantage of miscues from Twin Springs (0-6) to pull away for the first-set win.

TWIN SPRINGS ROLLS OUT STRONG

The Lady Titans seemed to get the mistakes behind them in the second set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead.

Central battled back, however, and used another strong scoring run, 7-2, to pull within one point. During the run, six of Central’s seven points came from Twin Springs return errors.

The set stayed close the rest of the way with Central breaking a 21-21 tie with four straight points — three coming from Twin Springs return errors — to win the set.

CENTRAL CONTROLS FINAL SET

Central dominated the third set, jumping ahead 18-4 before the Lady Titans used a 7-0 scoring run to cut the lead to 18-11.

The Lady Warriors outscored Twin Springs 7-4 the rest of the way to complete the sweep.

STATS FOR THE NIGHT

Olivia Basham led Central’s measured attack with six kills, while Caitlynn Maggard had 12 assists for the Lady Warriors.

Twin Springs got four kills from Kaitlyn Wallace, while Natalie Adams had nine assists and Alyssa McCracken had 10 digs.

UP NEXT

Central has no time to reflect on Wednesday’s match. The Lady Warriors host Wise County rival Eastside in a matinee match Thursday at 1:45 p.m. in front of the student body.

“I think that’s going to be a big test to see where we’re kind of standing at in our season,” said Sturgill.

Twin Springs is off until Tuesday, when the Lady Titans travel to Holston.

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