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Middle School VB quarterfinals provide few surprises

By David Rogers. BOONE, N.C. — Leave it to the middle school volleyball gods — and Green Valley — to fashion an upset in the last match of the quarterfinals of the Watauga County middle school volleyball tournament on Oct. 5, in Lentz Eggers Gym.

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The first three quarterfinal matches were decided according to form and expectations. No. 1 seed Parkway had little in the way of trouble while facing No. 8 Bethel, handily sweeping the Beavers, 2-0 (25-9, 25-9).

No. 2 Hardin Park built up enough of an early first set lead to survive a No. 7 Mabel rally, then handily  dispatched the Mustangs, 2-0 (25-16, 25-8).

As expected, the No. 3 Cove Creek vs. No. 6 Valle Crucis pairing proved a stiffer test. The Raiders ended up sweeping the Cougars to stay true to form, but the 25-22, 25-13 set scores reflected the challenge posed by a much improved Valle Crucis team vs. the year ago edition.

Photographic image by David Rogers

In the final quarterfinal match of the evening, No. 4 Blowing Rock and No. 5 Green Valley had the closest set as well as the biggest blowout, with the Rockets being upset by the Eagles in straight sets. Blowing Rock jumped out to an early, 8-3 lead in the opening set, only to have Green Valley chip away at the advantage and even things up at 15-15 in the first set. The two teams took turns looking like they would gain control, eventually forcing the match into overtime where the Eagles prevailed, 29-27. Green Valley’s dominating, second set win, 25-4, was little more than an anticlimax to the evening’s action.

The tournament resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    • 4 p.m. – No. 1 Parkway vs. No. 5 Green Valley
    • 5 p.m. – No. 2 Hardin Park vs. No. 3 Cove Creek



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