The Clover High School girls’ volleyball team wrapped up the season with a 3-0 win against longtime rival York.
Meanwhile, York Comprehensive High School volleyball coach Julie McGee is looking to the future in a tough Region 3-AAAA.
“Our varsity roster included a lot of young players this season,” said McGee. “Our JVs had a good season, and that’s another positive.”
It was Senior Night in Clover last week, with Blue Eagles Ryehia Robbins, Natalie Darling and Marlina Young recognized before an enthusiastic crowd at the CHS main gym.
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The Lady Blue Eagles prevailed 25-10 in the first game, assuming command early for the Region 3-AAAA win.
Taylor Nichols’ consistent serving and two blocks by Clover’s Katie Robinson contributed to the team’s success in the first game.
Clover moved ahead 14-5 after Robinson’s second block. Later, Darling’s kill expanded the Clover lead to 19-8.
The Blue Eagles fell behind early in the second game but regrouped to win 25-11.
The Cougars used a service ace and a kill to move ahead 2-1 and knotted the score at five before Clover went on a scoring spree to build a 16-7 lead midway through the second game.
The third game was close, with Clover holding on to win 25-21. Taylor Nichols’ serving helped Clover early.
With the score tied at four, Brooklyn Thomas scored on a well-placed return at the net and Lilly Wallace followed with a timely service ace, staking Clover to a 6-1 lead.
The Cougars hung tough, trailing by two points midway through the third game and slicing what had been a five-point lead to two at 23-21. Clover scored the next two points to seal the win.
“Our kids played well,” said Jacobus. “We had good team chemistry. They wanted to win it for the seniors.”
CHS head coach Tamara Jacobus praised the three Clover seniors. “We had a young team this year, with a good many ninth- and 10th-graders in the mix,” she said.
McGee thanked the three seniors for York: Haley Boheler, Taylr Sharp and Carrie Lee Lancaster.
“Carrie Lee provided senior leadership and words of encouragement while on the injured list,” McGee said, and “Haley and Taylr really stepped up.”
Boheler’s all-around play was vital to the team’s success, while Sharp’s aggressive play at net also affected the game. Lancaster’s shots were missed when she was out of the lineup with a knee injury.
McGee said she has been pleased with the number of participants at the middle school, junior varsity and varsity level. “We have kids who will be playing club volleyball,” said McGee.
The rivals split for the season, with the Cougars winning an earlier game at York.
In the Clover match, two kills by Boheler in the first game helped York keep things close early in the second game, thanks also to a service ace by Madeline Davis and Chelsea Love’s kill on a setup by freshman Chloe Carroll.
In game three, a score and a kill by Love kept things close. Later, a kill by York’s Makoya Jones pulled the Cougars to within two.
Sharp added another kill midway through the game. Love continued her torrid pace with two kills as York trailed 20-16.
With Bohler’s crisp serving and gritty play by teammates down the stretch, the Cougars sliced Clover’s lead to two at 23-21 but the Blue Eagles held on for the win.