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MHS headed to state volleyball tournament

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Lady Charger Airiana Beverley (#5) hits against Mathews in the Region 1A tournament championship match. Teammates backing her up include, from left, Laura Walton, Lane Anderson, Sarah Walton, Abigail Purcell and Ellie McMinn. Mathews won the title match in three games. Beverley got her 200th career kill in the match. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Lady Chargers volleyball team has advanced to the State Group A Tournament and will play on Saturday, November 10, on the home court of the Region B champion, which was to be determined by the winner of the Altavista-Riverheads match on November 7.

Middlesex (20-5) lost 28-26, 25-19 and 25-19. to undefeated Mathews in the Region 1A Tournament championship on November 6. The second place finish earned Middlesex a spot in the state tournament.

The state semifinals are on Tuesday, November 13, on the home court of the higher seed, and the state championship is Friday, November 16, at the Salem Civic Center.

Preliminary
The Lady Chargers advanced through the Region 1A Tournament with a three-game sweep of West Point on November 1 in the semifinals, and a three-game sweep of Rappahannock on October 30 in the quarterfinals.

The Lady Chargers defeated visiting West Point 25-22, 25-20, and 25-15. It was the fourth time this season Middlesex had defeated West Point. Laura Walton had 20 assists, 5 aces, 5 kills and 8 digs. Airiana Beverley had 8 kills and 7 digs. Elizabeth Ketner had 15 digs and 1 ace. Sarah Walton had 8 kills, 2 aces and 1 dig. MaKenzie Bristow served 100% with 3 aces, 5 kills and 5 digs. Ellie McMinn had 3 aces, 3 kills and 2 digs.

On October 30 Middlesex defeated Rappahannock 27-25, 25-20, 25-20. For the Lady Chargers, Laura Walton had 29 assists, 10 aces, 10 digs and 7 kills. Elizabeth Ketner served 100% with 14 digs. Airiana Beverly had 10 kills and 8 digs. Sarah Walton served 100% with 7 kills. MaKenzie Bristow had 7 kills. Ellie McMinn had 5 kills and 5 digs. Lane Anderson had 2 kills and one solo block. Abby Purcell had 5 digs.

posted 11.08.2018

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