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South Boston News / October 06, 2021

The Bluestone varsity volleyball team continued to dominate James River District competition by defeating Nottoway, Cumberland and non-district foe GW-Danville over their last three games.

Bluestone is on an 11-game win streak and are 6-0 in district competition. The girls have eight JRD matches left on schedule — including a match with Amelia Tuesday— before Region 2A competition begins.

Bluestone missed making it to the VHSL state tourney in 2019 by one set. The two seniors on the team, Emma Newcomb and Trista Newcomb, are from that squad that made the run up to the state.

Coach Darlynn Oxendine says her girls are playing really good at this time and she expects that to carry over as postseason play approaches.

“Varsity came out strong with everyone playing,” Oxendine said. “Another big game at home tomorrow vs. Amelia.”

BHS defeats George Washington

Bluestone defeated 4A GW-Danville in Skipwith on Monday, 25-5, 25-7 and 25-6. Bluestone swept the competition with non-district GW this season 2-0.

In Monday’s match Emma Newcomb paced the team with eight aces, and a big 12 assists. Grace Newcomb added five assists, six aces and kills.

Lillie Puryear has three aces and digs each, with an assist. The team combined for 32 digs.

Bluestone vs. GW: Grace Newcomb 6SA, 4D, 5AS, 6K; Lillie Puryear 3SA, 3D, 1AS; Brooke Conwell 2SA, 4D, 2K; Emma Newcomb 8SA, 4D, 12AS, 9K; Elena Bailey 4D, 2K; Trista Newcomb 1SA, 2D, 1K; Skyla King 2SA, 4D; Kailey Gill 1SA, 2D, 1K; Cassidy Newcomb 4D, 2K; Tania Harris 1AS, 2K; Daniya White 2SA, 2K; Deonna Glass 1D.

Bluestone 3, Nottoway 0

Emma Newcomb served up a triple-double and Trista Newcomb provided 10 digs and two blocks as the Baron girls prevailed, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-18 over Nottoway.

The Cougars generally bring a solid game to the court challenging their opponents. This match was no different with Bluestone rising to the occasion.

Grace Newcomb continued her consistently strong play with 14 kills, nine assists and three aces. Skyla King, playing some nice defense, put up nine digs and a block.

Bluestone vs. Nottoway: Emma Newcomb 4SA, 12D, 17AS, 11K; Skyla King 1SA, 9D, 1AS, 1K, 1B; Grace Newcomb 3SA, 4D, 9AS, 14K; Elena Bailey 1D; Lillie Puryear 1SA, 9D, 3AS, 3K; Trista Newcomb 3SA, 10D, 4K, 2B; Cassidy Newcomb 2D, 2K; Brooke Conwell 6D, 2AS; Deonna Glass 1SA.

Bluestone 3, Cumberland 0

Trista Newcomb had a solid game in this 25-3, 25-14, 25-9 series. She dug out 14 balls and had two blocks at the net. E. Newcomb added the double-double on 14 kills and 15 digs.

“Our girls came out ready to play against Cumberland County,” Oxendine said. “I’m proud of the effort and physicality we showed.

“Defensively, we made a commitment to stop their offense. Offensively, we did a nice job spreading the ball around.”

G. Newcomb had 10 assists. Cassidy Newcomb added three digs and kills with four assists.

Bluestone vs. Cumberland: Emma Newcomb 9SA, 15D, 8AS, 14K; Trista Newcomb 3SA, 14D, 3K, 2B; Lillie Puryear 1SA,1D, 2AS, 1K; Cassidy Newcomb 3D, 4AS, 3K; Brooke Conwell 1SA, 7D; Grace Newcomb 1SA, 6D, 10AS, 3K; Elena Bailey 2D, 1K.

Jayvees win three to improve to 6-2

Bluestone’s jayvee volleyball squad improved to 3-2 in district play and 6-2 overall with three recent wins.

The girls defeated GW-Danville on Monday, 25-3, 25-9, and downed Nottoway 26-24, 25-18 and Cumberland 25-7 and 25-19 last week.

In the GW-Danville win, Jansyn King, Ashlyn Wilbourne and Julie King combined for 23 aces. Amelia Whittington had four kills.

The Nottoway win was punctuated by a very sound team effort. Jansyn King and Danella Davis each had a block.

Whittington had 16 digs. The team had 10 kills.

In the opening round of the Cumberland match, Jansyn King earned 10 aces, 10 digs, one assist and a kill.

Bluestone vs. GW: Jansyn King 7SA, 1D, 1K; Ashlyn Wilbourne 8SA, 2D, 5AS, 3K; Julie King 8SA, 1D, 2K; Naimira Mangum 1AS, 1K; Amelia Whittington 2D, 2AS, 4K; Danella Davis 3SA; Alexis Wilkerson 1SA.

Bluestone vs. Nottoway: Jocelyn Ashworth 5SA, 5D, 1AS; Jansyn King 1SA, 11D, 2AS, 1K, 1B; Amelia Whittington 2SA, 16D, 3AS, 2K; Julie King 2SA, 9D, 3K; Ashlyn Wilbourne 1SA, 7D, 6AS, 3K; Naimira Mangum 1D; Danella Davis 5, 1K, 1B.

Bluestone vs. Cumberland: Julie King 2D, 5K; Jansyn King 10SA, 10D, 1AS, 1K; Jocelyn Ashworth 4SA , 1K; Danella Davis 1SA, 2K; Ashlyn Wilbourne 4SA, 7D, 3AS; Amelia Whittington 8D, 2AS, 3K.

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