Both Piarist VolleyKnight teams easily defeated Martin County Middle School at home on Thursday night, which was also Eighth Grade Knight, and Abby Hall was honored in a ceremony held between the two matches.
Sixth grader Lane Eckle led the charge and had a game-high and career high 15 points on serve during the A-team match, serving six consecutive points on serve, and scoring twice off tips, during the first set and hitting seven consecutive points on serve, including an ace, the second time around during the second set. The VolleyKnights won 21-9 and 21-15 for their eighth season victory.
Sixth grader LaMika Shepherd had five points on serve, including an ace followed by three consecutive points on serve during the second set. Seventh grader Matana Williams had a tip and five consecutive points on serve, including an ace, during the first set, and sixth grader Maddie Duff had two consecutive points on serve during the first set. Seventh grader Katie Howard had a spike and a point on serve during the first set and two kills during the second set.
Team captain and eighth grader Abby Hall (top photo center) was honored and eleven Martin County Eighth Grade Lady Cardinals were recognized during the period between the two matches. Hall, who is recovering from an injury, came just inches away from earning the game-winning point. During the awards presentation, she was escorted onto the court by her parents.
Sixth grader Avina Kiren scored a game-high eight points on serve, including an ace, to lead the C Team to their 15-3, 15-13 win over the Lady Cardinals. Sixth grader Maddie Duff set the pace by smashing an ace, followed by two additional consecutive points on serve to open the set. Duff added another point on serve during the second set. Sixth grader Emily Boyd had a point on serve during each of the two sets, and Hillary Boyd had a point on serve during the opening set. Sixth grader Jenna Graysen was the only Lady Cardinal to have two points on serve during the match.
“Congratulations to Abby Hall for a good season,” said Coach Kevin Tackett. The VolleyKnights will next travel to Sheldon Clark for their Eighth Grade Night game.