Bulldogs Fall to Improved Hunt Warrior Team
October 5, 2011Nash Central High School
By Kent Wheeless
Wilson – The Nash Central Bulldogs were on the road for a late season contest against the Hunt Warriors. The Bulldogs had pressed the Warriors to five sets at home before losing earlier in the season but did not put up that much of challenge for the Warriors on their home court. The Warriors got a three set win with the Bulldogs getting blitzed in the first set before looking competitive in the last two but not being able to close the deal for set win.
Set one was tight for the first 18 points and the Bulldogs looked like that would be in the fight but then Brittney Courtney Galloway reeled off five aces in seven serves to give the Warriors a cushion of 15-11. From there on it was the Warriors controlling the action including scoring the last five pins of the game for a 25-16 set win. The Warriors tallied eight service aces for the set and got five kill including four by Kiana Ballard while the Bulldogs only produced two aces and one kill by Timyra Staton,
In set two with the score 3-All the Warriors reeled of eight points in a row with Galloway getting four aces in the process. After giving a point on a net serve by Galloway the Warriors got five points with two aces by Courtney Davis to stretch the score to 16-4. The Bulldogs got four of the next five points only to see the Warriors score another five points behind that serving of Jordan Young with three ace serves to her credit. Mary Gray Cunningham and Brittney Edward finished the set with consecutive kills and the Warriors claimed the set 25-9. For the Bulldogs in the only Staton registered a kill in the set.
In the third set the Warriors were substituting freely and the Bulldogs had some good play but their old nemesis serve errors came back to haunt them. The made seven service errors in 22 attempts and allowed that Warriors to stay in the game. Staton and Brittany Faulkner were active at the net with Faulkner getting a kill and two blocks.
The Bulldogs were ahead 22-16 and looked to be in control of the set but then the Warriors scored 10 of the last 12 points culminating with a game ending kill by senior Natalie Crocker for a 26-24 Warrior win.
The Bulldogs will visit Southern Nash on Thursday for the regular season finale but will be out of the state playoffs unless they can win the Big East Tournament.