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Riley Grace Turner returns a volley in Park View’s victory over Southampton Tuesday at PVHS. / September 11, 2019

The Park View varsity volleyball team hosted a talented squad from Southampton in a Sept. 3 matchup of the Tri-Rivers District rivals, and the two schools continued their battle for district supremacy after both dominated Tri-Rivers play in 2018.

In Tuesday’s encounter in South Hill, Park View got the better of the argument, sweeping the three-game match for the victory.

The Lady Dragons weren’t challenged in the first game, winning 25-13. After some early back and forth the Dragons pulled away for a comfortable victory. Game two was more of the same until near the end, when the Lady Indians put together a solid run to pull to within one point before finally falling 25-20.

Game three was an absolute thriller. The Lady Indians, with their backs against the wall, came out strong and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Park View rallied to within one point in the middle teens before Southampton once again pulled out to a significant 24-19 lead.

The Lady Dragons, facing break point with every rally, dug deep and clawed their way back to a 24-all tie. Needing to win by two points, both teams gave it their all.

Park View’s Courtlyn Hawkins spiked the ball twice in a row during the rally for the 25th point only to see her kills dug out and returned. The Lady Indians finally made a slight error and the Dragons pounced on the opportunity to take the lead at 25-24.

Facing match point, the Southampton girls certainly didn’t give up and the next rally was even more furious than the one just contested. Amazing plays were made on both sides of the net. A thrilling battle of wills finally ended when Park View’s Riley Grace Turner placed a perfectly finessed shot into a portion of the floor where there were no Southampton players, securing the 26-24 win.

Next up for Park View was a scheduled game at home against the Sussex Central Lady Tigers yesterday [Tuesday, Sept. 10] followed by a road trip to Surry County to face the Lady Cougars on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Box score: Courtlyn Hawkins 8 kills, 8 blocks, Kaylee Coker 5 kills and 2 blocks, Riley Grace Turner 3 kills and 2 blocks, Erin Bailey 6 aces and 9 assists and Carson wall with 3 aces and 7 assists.

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