In the midst of playing some incredibly tough competition, the Winston Academy volleyball team is taking some losses on the chin but competing hard.
After dropping two matches the previous week in the Winston County Classic against two strong teams in Nanih Waiya and Noxapater, WA had a couple of defeats against Heritage Academy and Choctaw County this past weekend.
On the road in Columbus against the Lady Patriots of Heritage, WA had a thriller of a match that would go all the way to five sets. After tacking the first two 25-21 and 25-17, WA couldn’t hold on and lost the next three sets 25-16, 25-18, and 15-7.
In the match, Julianna Sims served successfully on 26 of 27 tries and had four aces with 11 assists. Analeigh Dempsey finished with 16 kills and five blocks, Layton Nowell had seven kills and three assists, Jillian Sims had five kills and an ace, Braley Dickerson six kills and six blocks, and Emma Grace Loper had 10 assists.
Going for a season sweep of CCHS, the Lady Pats battled but were beaten in straight sets with 25-16, 25-22, and 26-24 losses. WA had a 92% serve percentage in the match. Dempsey finished with eight kills and five blocks, Julianna Sims had six assists, Layton Nowell had three kills and two blocks, Jillian Sims was 6-of-6 on serves and had two kills, and Dickerson had five kills and four blocks.
One of the bright spots continuing this year is the work of the junior varsity Lady Patriots. Candice Cefalu’s squad is a perfect 13-0 this year. The varsity is 4-11 but that hasn’t been indicative of the matchups that the team has had against some strong competition.
This week, the Lady Pats were at Amory Christian on Monday and hosted Pillow Academy on Tuesday.