Luray moves into second-place tie with Clarke after four-set win over Eagles

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Sept. 26 — Every set was a battle on Tuesday evening between two of the best teams in the Bull Run and Region B. At the end of four hard-fought sets, Luray walked away with a key district win over Clarke, placing the Bulldogs in a tie for second place with the Eagles.

While the Falcons of Central remain undefeated in the Bull Run District, both Luray and Clarke sit firmly in second place with two district losses each (and one each to Central). The Eagles (6-5 overall, 5-2 Bull Run) will host the Falcons (9-1, 6-0) on Thursday night in Berryville. Both Madison and Rappahannock currently have three district losses.

The first set of Tuesday night’s district battle between Luray and Clarke was tied at 24-24; the second set was tied at 23-23; the third at 21-21; and the fourth and final set knotted up at 15-15. Overall, the four sets saw the score tied 32 different times. Both teams played nearly point-for-point most of the way.

In the first set, Clarke would see the biggest lead at 12-7, but Luray fought back and went back-and-forth with the Eagles up to 24-24. A kill by sophomore Reese Fitton ended the first frame 26-24. After a 9-2 start in the second set, the Eagles once again allowed Luray to climb back to even at 23-23 — the only tie of the second set. Once again, it was Fitton finishing things off with a block and a kill for a Bulldogs’ win 25-23.

Clarke went on a 4-0 run to break a 21-21 tie in the third set, winning 25-21. The fourth and final set never saw more than a three-point difference up to a 15-15 stalemate. The Bulldogs then went on a 5-0 run and closed out the set outscoring the Eagles 10-3. The 25-18 victory took the match, 3-1.

Luray was lead by a strong performance from senior Summer Forder, who recorded 14 kills and two aces. Senior Gracie Embry had another great outing with 11 kills, while Fitton added 10 kills and two aces.

Clarke was lead by senior Anna Spencer with 11 kills and two aces on the night, while sophomore Gracie Brown and freshman Isabel Aliveto both recorded nine kills.

With the win, Luray moves to 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the Bull Run. Next up, the Bulldogs will travel to Rappahannock County on Thursday night, Sept. 28.

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



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