The Rock Hill Bearcats defeated the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets 3-0 in a Region 3-4A contest at Fort Mill on Thursday night.
Coach Cindy Elder was extremely pleased with the Bearcats’ 25-20, 25-16 and 25-18 victory.
“I am very excited about the way we played tonight,” said Elder. “This was a complete team win. We had a game plan, and we executed it to perfection.”
Rock Hill fell behind early, but tied the first game at 6-6. The Bearcats fell behind again and rebounded to tie it at 11-11. When Tessa Grubbs scored on a block for Fort Mill, the Yellow Jackets were in front 18-15.
Rock Hill battled back to tie the count at 20, and won the final five points to win the first set 25-20.
The Bearcats started the second game with an 11-0 run, but Fort Mill fought back. Payton Carter’s kill cut the Rock Hill lead to 15-13, but that was as close as the Yellow Jackets got.
Rock Hill outscored Fort Mill 10-3 the rest of the way to take a 2-0 lead.
Rock Hill broke a 2-2 tie to take a 10-4 lead in the third set. When Laurne Espinol scored on a kill, Rock Hill was in front 14-7.
Fort Mill stormed back behind three kills by Carter to cut the deficit to 15-12, but they could get no closer. Adele Robinson’s kill capped off a 4-0 run for Rock Hill and pushed the Bearcats to a 19-12 cushion. The two teams traded points to finish the match.
Robinson had 10 kills for Rock Hill, and her overall play drew praise from Elder.
“Adele (Robinson) is an effective hitter, because she can see the floor,” said Elder. “She can see the block developing, and hits away from it.”
Erin Hottle added seven kills for Rock Hill, and Espinol and Neely Shugart had three blocks each. Espinol also had six aces.
“Laurne (Espinol) is just a sophomore,” said Elder. “She had a great match tonight. She is coming around.”
Rebekah Addison had 13 assists and four aces for Rock Hill, and played a good floor game.
“Rebekah had the best game of her career,” said Elder. “I was very pleased with the way she played.”
Fort Mill was led by Grubbs with 10 kills, while Carter and Sierra Patterson had six kills each. Jessie Newman had 23 assists for the Yellow Jackets.
“We are better team than we showed tonight,” said Fort Mill coach Gina Farley. “We know we can compete. We just did not play well tonight.”
The win improved Rock Hill to 3-1 in the region, while the loss dropped Fort Mill to 2-2 in region play.