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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Waynesville volleyball holds off Central for 2-0 win

  • Tuesday, Central sought revenge against the resilient Waynesville team and to call the series a see-saw battle is an understatement.
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  • In last Saturday's Hillcrest Tournament Waynesville lost two early games to Central before beating them in their last two games for a third place finish.
    Tuesday, Central sought revenge against the resilient Waynesville team and to call the series a see-saw battle is an understatement.
    Waynesville started strong, gaining a 2-0 lead early in the first game. Central fought back to tie the game at seven after Waynesville served two consecutive volleys into the net.
    Waynesville's next two possessions would result in points thanks to a soft hit by senior outside hitter Breonna Copeland and a clutch dig by senior libero Chelsey Howser, which would set up an easy kill to regain the lead, 9-7.
    The teams traded points before Central called a timeout as Waynesville pulled ahead, 14-10.
    Out of the timeout, Central outscored Waynesville five to one on five straight points to tie the game at 15. A Central kill attempt was hit sharply out of bounds and the game's momentum swung back in favor of Waynesville, which would score five-straight points of its own, 20-15.
    Central called another timeout to halt Waynesville's play, but junior outside hitter Alexis Olney successfully swatted two kills to propel Waynesville to an eventual 25-21 win in the first game.
    The second game in the series was similar to the first.
    Waynesville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead again, but Central's resiliency kept them alive as they battled back to tie the game at three, then take a 6-5 lead from Waynesville's defensive miscues.
    Both teams traded points before Central jumped to a three-point lead, 10-7, forcing Waynesville to take its first timeout of the series.
    Stoppage of play helped the team refocus and Waynesville scored three points to tie the game at 10. The defense struggled on the next four Central posessions giving Central a 14-10 lead.
    Waynesville's girls hung tough and rallied with four points of their own to tie the game again.
    After trading points over the next few posessions, senior defensive specialist Anna Anderson served two aces to give Waynesville a 20-17 lead. Two blocks and a soft hit extended the lead by three, 23-17. Central scored two more points in a late effort that wasn't enough as Waynesville held on to win 25-19.
    Anderson finished with three aces, Copeland with 15 kills, and Howser with 18 digs.
    Waynesville head coach Holly Davidson said her team worked hard in preparation for Tuesday's match.
    "[The team] watched some film and made some adjustments and we made every adjustment we needed to make," Davidson said. "I'm very proud as a coach because they did everything I asked them to."
    Page 2 of 2 - One of those adjustments was to defend a stellar Central outside hitter.
    "Central has a player who pretty much dominated [each team in last Saturday's tournament]," Davidson said. "We were pretty successful; she only had a few kills against us tonight."
    Waynesville will travel to West Plains Thursday in an Ozark Conference series at 4:30 p.m.
    "West Plains is another very good team so we're going to do what we can and try to get another win," Davidson said.
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