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Successful week comes at high cost for Bluestone volleyball / October 09, 2019
The Bluestone varsity volleyball team went 2-0 this week in competition with Buckingham and non-district foe Halifax, although the win over Halifax on Wednesday came at a steep price for the team.

In set two against the Lady Comets, 2018 James River District Player of the Year Ashlyn Knott went up for a kill. Knott landed awkwardly after the shot, twisting her right ankle. The injury was severe enough that Knott could be out of action for the remainder of the volleyball season.

Knott was a VHSL Region 2A first-team selection last season. She is also a standout player for the varsity soccer team, where she has also garnered all-district and all-region honors.

Bluestone went on to win the Halifax match 3-1 and beat Buckingham in three straight sets.

Bluestone is scheduled for three back-to-back matches this week – two district and one non-district. The girls hosted Cumberland Tuesday, travel to Colonial Heights Wednesday and end the week at Randolph-Henry on Thursday.

Bluestone 3, Buckingham 0

The Lady Barons bounced back from an emotional home win over Halifax to take down JRD opponent Buckingham, in a road match, 3-0 on Thursday.

The Lady Knights played the Lady Barons close, with scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-15. The win keeps Bluestone in second play in the district with a record of 9-1, 12-1 overall.

Emma Newcomb paced Bluestone with four serve aces, 17 digs, one assist and 21 kills. Teammate Trista Newcomb added two aces, 14 digs, one assist, a kill and two blocks.

Bluestone’s setter Hite Jones was outstanding in the match, dishing out 17 assists. The girls had a total 71 digs – with Tori Rowe contributing 12 and Annelise Bailey adding nine digs.

Bluestone 3, Halifax 1

Bluestone won this match 3-1 but give the Halifax Lady Comets credit for bringing a competitive game to the court.

The Lady Barons won set one convincingly with a score of 25-15. In set two Bluestone senior Ashlyn Knott suffered her injury. Halifax jumped on the Lady Barons and took the set 26-28.

The Lady Barons righted the ship and took sets three and four, 25-20 and 25-10, in that order, to win the non-district match.

Knott posted one serve ace, five digs, two kills and two blocks before leaving the game with her injury. Emma Newcomb dealt five aces, 20 digs, nine assists and 22 kills.

Hite Jones had another good outing with 20 assists. Kaitlin Barretta posted a solid match adding two aces, seven digs, two assists, and eight kills.

Stats vs. Cumberland: E. Newcomb 4 ace, 17 dig, 1 assist, 21 K; T. Newcomb 2 ace, 14 dig, 1 assist, 1 K, 2 Blk; H. Yancey 5 dig, 1 assist; T. Rowe 2 ace, 12 dig, 1 assist; K. Seamans 1 ace, 6 dig, 1 K, 1 Blk; A. Bailey 9 dig; K. Barretta 1 ace, 4 dig, 3 K; H. Jones 2 ace, 4 dig, 17 assist.

Stats vs. Halifax: A. Knott 1 ace, 5 dig, 2 K, 2 Blk; E. Newcomb 5 ace, 20 dig, 9 assist, 22 K; K. Barretta 2 ace, 7 dig, 2 assist, 8 K; A. Bailey 1 ace, 9 dig, 1 assist; T. Newcomb 12 dig, 2 K, 2 Blk; T. Rowe 14 dig, 1 assist, 2 K; H. Jones 3 dig, 20 assist; K. Seamans 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 K, 2 Blk; L. Turner 1 ace, 2 dig.

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