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Lady Dragons honor outgoing players – with one missingSouth Boston News
Recognized on Senior Night are, from left, Lexy Sjurseth, Ashley Roberts, Hannah Bailey,, Katherine Mosier and scorekeeper Evelyn Wilcoxson. (Steve Hinzman photo) / October 25, 2017

Senior Night — ordinarily an exciting and happy time for a high school sports program — was laden with sorrow for the Park View Lady Dragons on Tuesday night as the team recognized late teammate Briana Bugg.

Before Park View’s game against Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, the Lady Dragons brought their senior members out to center court with the parents and siblings for a moment of richly deserved recognition. All but one, that is — when Briana Bugg’s name was called, her mother and father rose in her stead. Briana’s father Glenn, leaning heavily on a walker due to injuries suffered in the same car crash that took Briana’s life, and mother Tracy appeared to take a small amount of solace in the love and excitement of her former teammates. Flowers, balloons and more than a few tears were in evidence.

Briana, a standout for the Park View volleyball program, died in a Sept. 3 crash near Hollister, N.C. as the Bugg family was traveling to a college football game. The driver held responsible for the three-car collision, Glenn Ryland of Hollister, has been charged with second degree murder and driving while intoxicated.

The match soon began and in game one the Park View girls frankly got off to a bit of a shaky start, allowing ARGS to score one of what would turn out to be very few points on the very first serve. However, order was quickly restored and Park View took control behind strong performances by senior Hannah Bailey, who presented fellow seniors Lexy Sjurseth and Katherine Mosier with beautiful sets for opportunistic kills. Excellent teamwork and strong front-line play soon had the Lady Dragons firmly in command and they took the first game 25-3.

If anything, PV was even more dominant in the second game, moving out to a 15-2 lead as freshman Courtlyn Hawkins exhibited skills at the net and at service that will be a valuable commodity for the Lady Dragons for three more years. After Hawkins finally surrendered her service — having scored two aces — the Park View girls cruised to the win 25-4.

Game 3 was pretty much a repeat of games one and two with senior Ashley Roberts providing numerous sets for the Park View attackers. The ARGS ladies at times appeared stunned by the speed of the PV kills and end up on the losing end again, 25-4.

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