High School Sports

Rock Hill blanks Clover

Clover's Kristen Kepple, left, goes up to block A shot from Rock Hill's Karlee DuBard.
Clover's Kristen Kepple, left, goes up to block A shot from Rock Hill's Karlee DuBard.

Rock Hill defeated Clover for the second time this season with a solid defensive effort Tuesday, moving the Lady Bearcats to 7-1 in Region 3-AAAA.

Rock Hill won the match 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-16) by overcoming a 10-6 deficit in Game 2. Senior outside hitter Brooke Lucas started a rally with a kill to earn a side out. She then held serve as the Bearcats scored 11 unanswered points to lead 21-11.

Lucas finished with five digs, four kills and a team-best three service aces.

"We played great tonight. We didn't want to take anything for granted, especially against Clover," Rock Hill coach Cindy Elder said. "Clover is a good team. They always play good defense. They can just frustrate you to death. They will pull off some upsets before the end of the year.

"I'm just glad it wasn't us."

The match marked the start of the region's second half. Every team has played each other once. Fort Mill, Northwestern, Rock Hill and Clover (4-4) are in the top half of the standings.

"We don't want to just play for the playoffs. We want to knock somebody off," Clover coach Shea Hall said. "We had a lead in the second game and let it get away. That's the way we've played this year. We play hard for a while, but when it gets close, we tighten up. I thought we played better in the third game but Rock Hill outplayed us."

Alicia Bragg and Paulette Rivers led Rock Hill with seven blocks each.

"Alicia had a great game and Paulette has just blossomed this year. She is a great blocker," Elder said.

Defensive specialist Amber Carmack had three key digs in the final five points of the deciding game. She finished with five for the match.

"Amber is coming around. She's earned her place on the back row," Elder said.

Clover got nine kills and seven digs from senior Kristen Kepple. Jaclin Poole had four kills and three blocks. GeorgeAnna Westmoreland had a team-best 11 digs and Lindsay Provine added nine digs.

Rock Hill travels to Nation Ford Thursday. Clover hosts Fort Mill.