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Lady Vikings senior Paige Henderson spikes a point in last week's playoff volleyball match at
Alleghany. Photo by Jamie Shell



Originally published: 2012-10-31 10:54:14
Last modified: 2012-10-31 10:55:35

Lady Vikings volleyball concludes season with playoff loss

Kortnie Curry (sports@averyjournal.com)

The Lady Vikings volleyball season came to an end on Tuesday, Oct. 23, during the second round of the 1A state playoffs. The team played at Alleghany, losing in straight sets with scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-12. The state playoffs are played on a single- elimination system, and the loss brought the Lady Vikings season to a halt.

Before the match, AHS dominated East Wilkes at home in the first round of the state playoffs. Coming off this big win, it appeared that the Lady Vikings had the upper hand in this close match. Alleghany proved to be a tougher team than anticipated and left the match as victors.

Western Highland Conference rivals Polk and Hendersonville are both still in the running for a state championship. Polk is in the semifinals in the 2A playoffs, while Hendersonville remains alive in the 1A tournament. Both teams are just one step away from playing for the state championship, illustrating the strength of volleyball teams in AHS’s conference.

According to AHS coach Jimmy Tilley, the team started the season with the goal of having a winning record and making it to the third round of the playoffs. The team fell just shy of its third-round goal, as it concluded with a record of 15-8, the club’s best record in nearly a decade.

“All in all, this was a really good season for us,” added Tilley. “I am really pleased with the way we played for most of the season.”

The Lady Vikings loses two seniors this year in setter Megan Dillinger and outside hitter Paige Henderson. Although the team will suffer from the duo’s departure, the team has a great chance at having another good season next year.

“We will have to work hard in the offseason strengthening our defense and serving skills if we are to improve over this year’s accomplishments and compete on a higher level next season,” concluded Tilley.