The Mathews High School varsity volleyball team picked up three wins during the past week, starting with an away game at King William last Thursday night.
Mathews won that game in three sets by scores of 25-13, 25-15 and 27-25. Hannah Rowe and Kai McCann led the team in kills with seven and six, respectively. Jacqueline Stewart and Brittany Mitchem each added three.
Rowe also led the team with 17 digs, closely followed by Anna Hudgins with fifteen. Hailey Abernathy and Whitney Eriksen each dug up six hits while Allison Foster had four. Hudgins aced three serves while Sophie Bandurco, Keely Crittenden and Foster each had two. Bandurco had 14 assists, followed by Crittenden with seven.
After numerous reschedules and cancellations, Mathews finally traveled to Essex Monday night to face the Trojans. Since the Blue Devils hadn’t played the Trojans since the beginning of the season, they weren’t sure how much the opposing team had improved, but quickly realized their own team has also improved greatly. Mathews found itself down, 17-22, in the opening game but continued to fight. Mathews finally closed the game with a 26-24 victory. From there, the hosts were not the same for the remainder of the contest as Mathews picked up 25-16 and 25-17 wins for the straight-set victory.
Leading the team with kills was Rowe and McCann with five and four, respectively. Closely following were Stewart, Kayla Carter and Crittenden with three each. Crittenden had four aces, while Rowe and Hudgins each added three. Rowe led the team with 16 digs followed by McCann and Abernathy with eight and seven, respectively. Crittenden and Bandurco led the team in assists with nine and eight, respectively.
The following evening, the Lady Blue Devils welcomed the King and Queen Tigers into the MHS gym for a less-intense match. Mathews won it in three fairly easy sets, 25-5, 25-7 and 25-18. Being on their serving game that night the Devils served an outstanding 31 aces out of the 74; almost 50 percent scoring just off serves.
Hudgins led the team in aces with five followed by Eriksen and Mitchem each with three. Abernathy, Rowe, Stewart, Carter and Foster each had two, and Bandurco, McCann and Crittenden had one each. Morgan Driskell and Madison South led the team with three kills each. Rowe and South had three and two assists, respectively.