By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Sept. 13 — The Luray Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the season with a district win over the Generals of Mountain View on Tuesday night at home.
Luray won the first two sets by the exact same score of 25-19, and both sets ended with a Jaidyn McClung kill. Last season’s Region B Player of the Year finished the night with nearly a dozen kills, to go along with a handful of blocks and a couple of aces.
Mountain View went on a late run in the third set to extend the match. Luray was up 20-16 when the Generals went on a 9-2 run to claim the set, 25-22, and force a fourth frame. The Bulldogs handled business in the fourth set and took a 25-18 win, and the match (3-1).
Senior Lyndsey Bly played a key role in the second set, accounting for three of the last six points. The tallest player on the Bulldog squad accounted for a half dozen kills and just as many blocks. Minus a few net violations during the match, Bly proved to be a tough presence up front.
Junior Summer Forder had some key kills in the fourth set, and Luray also saw solid play from senior Claudia Cave, sophomore Avery Jewell and junior Gracie Embry.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs hosted Buffalo Gap and beat the Bison in three straight sets (3-0) — 25-10, 25-23, 25-22. McClung recorded a dozen kills, one ace and 20 digs — followed by Bly with seven kills, two aces, four blocks and 12 digs. Sophomore Cadence Cave continues to be a key setter racking up big numbers in assists, with 24 last Thursday.
On Monday, Luray dropped its second Bull Run District match of the season on the road at Madison in three sets. They did the same at Central on Sept. 1.
With Tuesday’s win, the Bulldogs (5-2 overall, 2-2 in Bull Run) will now travel to East Rockingham (6-5 overall, 3-1 Bull Run) for another district match on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m.
Mountain View (1-8, 0-5) will host Madison (5-2, 4-0).
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.