Luray defeats Page in three sets, now 7-3 on season

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PCHS seniors Caris Lucas and Taylor Umberger prepare to defend the net against Luray juniors Lindsay Bly and Jaidyn McClung.

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Sept. 28 — The Luray volleyball team defeated cross-county rival Page in three-straight sets during their first meeting of the season on Monday night.

After three ties and a close battle in the early going of the first set, Luray pulled ahead and held the lead en route to a 25-18 win. Page kept it close after falling behind by as much as six, and later pulling within three at 18-15.

The Bulldogs dominated the second set, going on runs of 6-0 and 9-0 to build their lead to as much as a dozen. Luray won the second frame 25-14.

The third set saw the Panthers fight back and jump out to a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs battled back to even the score. The rest of the set would see five lead changes and eight ties as neither team could gain more than a one-point margin. After tying the match at 14-14, Luray went on a nine-point run and carried the lead all the way to a 25-19 win and the match.

Luray was lead by the solid play of junior Jaidyn McClung, a first-team All-Region selection from last season. McClung recorded at least a half dozen kills and several blocks. Junior Lindsey Bly had a strong performance as well, with at least seven kills, several blocks and a few aces. The Bulldogs played well as a team, with key contributions from Lexie Vile, Averie Alger and Trinity Belton, another first-team All-Region pick from last season.

The Panthers had several great runs lead by seniors Caris Lucas and Gracie Mason, as well as strong defense with big blocks by junior Chloe Stidham, senior Emma Hitt and sophomore Adryn Martin.

The loss drops the Panthers to 1-7 on the season. Page picked up its lone win against Mountain View (2-9) in their season opener on Sept. 8. On Thursday, Page County recognized its six seniors for Senior Night including: Kirsten Hensley, Emma Hitt, Caris Lucas, Gracie Mason, Chloe Stidham and Taylor Umberger. Up next, the Panthers will host Madison County on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:15 p.m.

The win moves the Bulldogs to 7-3 on the season and sitting among the top teams in the Bull Run District. However, Luray’s three loses came to district rivals Central, Madison and Clarke. Next up, the Bulldogs travel to Woodstock to face Central (9-1) on Thursday in a key district match-up.

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

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