Bulldogs sweep Panthers in three sets at the net

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Jaidyn McClung
LHS senior Jaidyn McClung attempts to spike the ball between two Page defenders.

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Sept. 26 — The Luray High School volleyball team moved to 7-4 on the season and picked up a much-needed win in the Bull Run District on Monday night as they swept rival Page County in three straight sets. The score was close only early in each set as the Bulldogs jumped out to a significant lead each time and won by almost identical margins — 25-11, 25-12, 25-12.

Last season’s All-Region B Player of the Year Jaidyn McClung once again lead the Bulldogs with a dozen kills on the night. The senior had plenty of support as Luray recorded kills from senior Lindsey Bly, junior Summer Forder, sophomore Caydence Cave (usually known for her assists), junior Gracie Embry and sophomore Avery Jewell. Cave served up eight straight points to start the final frame, including an ace. Forder recorded three aces and two kills, while Embry had two aces and three kills. Jewell posted three kills.

Page County saw strong play from juniors Destiny Wright, Faith Mason, Julia Williams and Hailey Housden with either key blocks or kills. With only three players on the Panther squad who are not juniors, it was nice to see solid play from freshman Addyson Wyant, who recorded a kill in the second frame.

The Panthers are clearly struggling this season with their only win in more than a dozen matches against Grace Christian on Aug. 27. However, Page showed moments on the court Monday night that give hope for a few more wins this season. The Panthers (1-12) will travel to Madison (7-4) Tuesday night for another district matchup.

With the win, Luray evens out their Bull Run record at 4-4, while sitting at 7-4 overall. A big challenge comes to town Tuesday night when the Bulldogs host Central — a team that swept them 3-0 on Sept. 1. Then on Thursday night, Luray travels to Strasburg (1-12) for another Bull Run match.

Page and Luray will face off again on Thursday, Oct. 20, when the Panthers host the Bulldogs.

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.

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