The fifth-ranked Rock Hill volleyball team won the first two games in convincing fashion and went on to claim a 3-1 win over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in Region 3-AAAA action Tuesday night in Rock Hill.
The win moved the Bearcats to 2-1 in the region, and the league win pleased veteran coach Cindy Elder.
I was very satisfied with the way that we came out and played tonight, said Elder. If we can maintain our confidence, I think we can become a very good team.
Rock Hill won the first game 25-13 and followed with a 25-14 victory in game two. The Yellow Jackets regrouped and came back to win the third game 27-25, before the Bearcats won the final game 25-14.
We really played well in the first game, said Elder. That is the way we need to play. We had an up beat tempo, we attacked the net, and I thought that we set the ball very well.
With Game 1 tied at 5-5, Rock Hill went on an 11-3 run to take a 16-8 lead. Fort Mill cut it to 17-11, but the Bearcats closed the game by outscoring Fort Mill 8-3.
The second game was tied at 7-7 when Rock Hill went on a 10-4 run to take a 17-11 lead. The Yellow Jackets were unable to get any closer the rest of the way.
Fort Mill stormed out to a 6-3 lead in the early going in the third game. Rock Hill tied the count at 10-all, but Fort Mill responded with a 10-3 run to take a 20-13 lead. Rock Hill tied the game at 20, and the teams traded points until it was knotted at 25. Fort Mill got the final two points to get the win.
We knew they would come back, said Elder. They are a very good team. They have some very good players, and they did not quit.
After Fort Mill scored the first point in the fourth game, Rock Hill scored the next three points to lead 3-1, and they never trailed again. Rock Hill led 7-5 when it went on a 15-5 run to take a 22-10 lead, and coasted in from there.
Sutton Alexander had 15 kills and 4 blocks for Rock Hill. Emily Russell and Gracie Barnes each had 8 kills, and Christen Bragg turned in 4 aces. Erin Hottle, in her first varsity start, had 9 kills.
Erin Hottle came in tonight and really played well for us, Elder said. She played in place of an injured player, and she had a solid performance.
Elder also had high praise for Ashley Williams, who plays the libero position for the Bearcats.
She saved several points for us tonight, said Elder. That is why she is playing in that position. She is our best defensive player.
Liza Walker, Payton Carter, Alex Morrison, and Sierra Patterson had good performances for the Yellow Jackets.