The York Comprehensive High School volleyball team defeated Clover 3-1 in a closely contested series at York last week.
The Cougars won close games, 25-23 and 25-22, with Clover winning the third 25-21 and York closing out the series with a 25-14 win in game four.
The first game was close throughout, with York building an 18-14 lead halfway through game one. Clover rallied to tie at 20, but Taylr Sharp’s rejection for York and Chelsea Love’s kill helped secure the win.
Clover continued to challenge host York in game two.
Steady serving by freshman Clarklyn George, including a crowd-pleasing ace, helped York build an early lead.
Chloe Carroll and Makoya Jones had key scores as York was able to pull away in the latter stages of the second game.
Clover built an early lead and held on down the stretch to win game three.
The Cougars assumed command of game four to win 25-14 before an enthusiastic crowd.
Several players contributed to the win, with Sharp continuing her aggressive play at the net.
Though York fell to Rock Hill 3-0 on Sept. 25, the Cougars became more competitive each game.
Game three went back and forth, with the Bearcats surviving 25-23 at the York gym. A score by Love had pushed York ahead at 23-22, but the Lady Bearcats held on down the stretch.
“I am proud of our kids,” said York head coach Julie McGee. “They have improved their skills since the season began.
“They’ve worked hard at practice and it’s paying off. Our girls played together and got the win over Clover,” she said.
McGee said the Cougars’ marked improvement has been the result of better passing and serving.
“I believe in these kids and know they can compete and win,” she said. “We keep it positive and have a lot of kids in the program at the middle school, JV and varsity level.”
The will Cougars complete a four-game home stand by hosting Region 3-AAAA Gaffney at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the York main gym, with the junior varsity playing at 5 p.m.
The JV Cougars, coached by Hannah Fairfax, defeated Clover and Rock Hill last week, battling back in impressive fashion after losing the first game to the Bearcats.