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Spikers host Senior Night, fall to Goochland in season finale

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From left, seniors, Hite Jones, Annelise Bailey, Ashlyn Knott, Lilah Turner and Tori Rowe. (Shauna Newcomb photo)
SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2019
The Bluestone varsity volleyball team celebrated Senior Night in their final game of the regular season Thursday in Skipwith but couldn’t pull out the win against Goochland, falling 3-0.

Seniors recognized on the night were Ashlyn Knott, Tori Rowe, Hite Jones, Lilah Turner and Annelise Bailey. These young ladies have been the core of the varsity team for the past two years and players, family, friends and fans made sure the girls knew how much they were truly appreciated.

Bluestone finished the season at 17-3, 13-3 JRD, good enough for second place in the James River District. The loss to Goochland was Bluestone’s only setback on their home court this year. The girls finished with a 10-1 home record.

Goochland finished the season undefeated in the district at 16-0, 19-1 overall.

Amelia (14-4, 12-4 JRD) and Nottoway (14-6, 10-6 JRD) round out the top four, respectively. With no more matches remaining in the season for these four teams, the district rankings should stand as region pairings are decided.

Cumberland, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Randolph-Henry and Central Lunenburg rank No. 5 through No. 9, in that order. Region 2-A is a strong division when it comes to varsity volleyball, so it will be interesting to see how region seeds shake out. The Sun will bring you that news as soon as there is an official announcement. Region tourney play begins on Nov. 5.

In the match versus Goochland, emotions were still running high from the senior recognition as the game began. Bluestone’s Emma Newcomb served for the home team and the Lady Barons went up 3-0.

Goochland gathered themselves and in short time had the score knotted at 3-3. Bluestone would gain one more lead at 4-3 before the Lady Bulldogs started to take over the set.

The visitors went on a 3-0 run. Bluestone then made the score 5-6. From this point on, though, the set belonged to Goochland.

The Lady Bulldogs rattled off several points and soon had the home team down 7-17. Bluestone would continue to battle but set one would end at 14-25, Goochland.

Bluestone had good effort in sets two and three. But a Goochland team that was determined to go undefeated in the district went on to win the final two sets 12-25 and 15-25, respectively.

Bluestone was held to three serve aces and 14 assists in the match — Jones had seven of the assists.

E. Newcomb posted two aces, 13 digs, five assists, and seven kills. Trista Newcomb recorded the team’s lone block in the match.



Bluestone vs Goochland: T. Newcomb 1SA, 5DG, 1K, 1BLK; E. Newcomb 2SA, 13DG, 5A, 7K; T. Rowe 1SA, 7DG, 2A; K. Barretta 4DG, 4K; Kaylin Seamans 2K; Hite Jones 6DG, 7A, 1K; L. Turner 3DG, 1K; A. Bailey 5DG; H. Yancey 3DG.

Girls beat Nottoway, Cumberland

Bluestone had two games last week prior to their Thursday match and won both. On Tuesday the girls defeated Nottoway on the road 3-2; on Monday the team was at home and secured the 3-1 win over Cumberland.

For Baron fans that made the trip to Nottoway, the reward was seeing two teams locked in a competitive match. Nottoway looked to raise their power points as the season neared an end; Bluestone was looking to hold second place in the district for a favorable region seed.

The Lady Barons came out of the match victorious but boy, was it close. Bluestone won set one in dominant fashion with a score of 25-11.

Nottoway, not to be turned away on their home court, came out in sets two and three and delivered a powerful message by winning 18-25 and 11-25, respectively.

Bluestone took set four 25-13 to earn a tiebreaker round. Both teams again delivered a very competitive set with the Lady Barons taking the win by three shots, 15-12.

Hite Jones, Bluestone’s setter, garnered 23 assists, 18 digs and five kills. Emma Newcomb posted four serve aces, 21 digs, 14 assists, 22 kills and one block.

Kaitlin Barretta had a solid match recording an ace, 25 digs, two assists, eight kills and one block. Tori Rowe, Kaylin Seamans and Trista Newcomb combined for 59 digs.

The girls started off the week hosting Cumberland. Bluestone lost set one 16-25 before going on to win the next three sets. Scores were 25-20, 25-8, and 25-12.

Seamans had four blocks on the night, along with five aces, five digs, and five kills. E. Newcomb supported the win with seven aces, 23 digs, 16 assists, and 17 kills.

Barretta had 11 kills; Jones added four aces, nine digs, 14 assists and two kills.



Bluestone vs. Nottoway: K. Barretta 1SA, 25DG, 2A, 8K, 1 BLK; E. Newcomb 4SA, 21DG, 14A, 22K, 1BLK; T. Rowe 1SA, 20DG, 1A, 5K; Annelise Bailey 2DG; K. Seamans 20DG, 1A, 6K; Hite Jones 18DG, 23A, 5K; T. Newcomb 19DG.



Bluestone vs. Cumberland: E. Newcomb 7SA, 23DG, 16A, 17K; H. Jones 4SA, 9DG, 14A, 2K; T. Rowe 2SA, 17DG, 3A, 3K; k. Barretta 2SA, 7DG, 11K; K. Seamans 5sa, 5dg, 5k, 4blk; h. Yancey 2DG, 1A; L. Turner 1DG, 1A; T. Newcomb 2SA, 15DG, 2K; A. Bailey 9DG.



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