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Woodland volleyball downs Barnwell 3-1 to move into second in region

Barnwell – With the regular season winding down, Tuesday night’s Region V matchup between Woodland and home-standing Barnwell was very important for both teams.

A Barnwell win would move the Lady Warhorses into a tie for second with Woodland and they would own the tie breaker having beat the Lady Wolverines twice. For Woodland it was a chance to move into second by themselves and exact a little revenge.

The Lady Wolverines achieved both as they defeated the Lady Warhorses 3-1. The win moved their region record to 4-2 while Barnwell fell to 2-3.

“I basically put this match on my girls. They know what they needed to do and we practice it every day,” said Woodland head coach Kayla Klinger. “We weren’t doing it in the second set. When we communicate we play well.”

The first game of Tuesday night’s match went back and forth with neither team having more than a two point lead until Woodland’s Kaytlyn Sweatman and Kaitlyn Creel scored two service points each on back to back serves to give the Lady Wolverines and 22-17 lead. They closed out the first game at 25-19.

The second game saw Woodland jump out to a 4-1 as Keyrra Gaddist scored four points to open the game.

Barnwell fought back to take a 14-12 lead when Arajae James served up four points and Autumn Smoke (six kills) had a block and a kill for two of the four points. The Lady Warhorses never gave the lead back and closed out the 25-21 win with three services winners by McKenzie Jackson. The match was all even at one a piece.

The Lady Warhorses started out strong in game three but could not hold the lead as Woodland’s Auyana Carson (11 kills) began to dominate at the net. The Lady Wolverines also received multiple services winners from India Reed, Creel and Gaddist to win game three 25-17 and lead 2-1.

Game 4 may have been the best of the match as neither team could get a grip on the game until Reed served out the game with two straight aces with the Lady Wolverines leading 23-22. They took the match 3-1.

After the match, Barnwell head coach Ashleigh Anderson said her team “played a good second game and had some momentum, but we started to miss serves and that really hurt us. We gave them some easy points and you can’t do that against a good team."

 


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