CLOVER — Riding the momentum of the Oct. 3 win over rival York, the Clover High School volleyball team is ready to shift its focus to Thursday’s home match against Northwestern.
The action begins with the CHS jayvee team hosting the Northwestern jayvees at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by the varsity showdown at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Blue Eagles won in three sets against York, prevailing 25-15, 25-15, 25-18.
After falling behind in the opening moments, the CHS girls moved ahead, maintaining the lead. Telliya Patton and Katie Robinson each had spikes. The Lady Blue Eagles built an early lead in the second set, with Blake Wallert serving and Patton credited with another spike.
Katie Robinson’s serving motion delivered an ace, staking the home team to a 12-6 lead.
Clover expanded the lead, winning the second set by 10. The Clover team continued its steady play in the third set, pushing the lead to 8-2, with Natalie Darling’s kill and Savannah Carrigan’s spike leading the way.
The Lady Blue Eagles extended the lead to 23-9 before York rallied to close the gap.
First-year Clover head coach Tamara Jacobus spoke in positive tones after the match.
“I enjoy coaching this team,” said Jacobus. “We have a great group of girls who are working hard to improve their game. We also have good senior leadership.”
Jacobus said she is aware of the competition in Region 3-AAAA. “I would say it’s the strongest volleyball region in the state,” she said.
Senior mainstays Emily Robinson and Patton feel good about the team’s progress.
“This was a good win over our rival,” said Robinson. “Our team is meshing together, which I feel is the key to continued success.”
She added: “It’s sad being a senior. l want our team to do well my senior year. It means that much to me.”
Patton echoed her teammate’s sentiments. “It’s sad knowing it’s my last year to compete,” she said.
Patton said the team is playing well at this stage of the season. “Coach helps us a lot. I feel good about my game at this point.”