ARGS rallies to end MHS volleyball season
|Middlesex’s Brittin Payne (right) was aggressive at the net against King William and Appomattox Regional Governor’s School.|
by Tom Chillemi
The season ended for the Middlesex High volleyball team with a loss in the Region A, Division 2 Tournament on Monday at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS).
Middlesex won the first 2 games 25-22 and 29-17 before ARGS came back to take the next 3 games, 25-14, 25-15 and 15-13.
“I feel that we were the stronger team fundamentally,” said Middlesex coach Jennifer Harrow. “ARGS had a couple of hitters, but they also had confidence that pushed them to a win.
“After winning the first two games, we should have been able to shut them down, but we began playing defensively and afraid to lose, instead of playing with the attitude that this match was ours.”
Brittin Payne “pushed hard throughout all of the games with the desire to win to make it to the championships for her third year in a row,” said Harrow.
Brooke Rowe “played her heart out at the net,” said Harrow, and Jordan Walton and Chelsea Hall “had some smart plays at the net.”
For Middlesex, Walton had 5 aces, 3 kills, 13 assists, 8 digs; Erika Britton, 1 ace, 9 assists, 2 digs; Hall, 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig; Payne, 3 aces, 7 kills, 1 assist, 19 digs; Mollie Ballantyne, 2 kills; Madison Thomas, 3 kills, 1 assist, 2 digs; and Angel Abbott, 1 assist, 4 digs.
Sarah Ann Goodrich added 6 aces, 8 kills and 6 digs; Brooke Rowe, 2 aces, 4 kills, 2 assists, 3 digs and 2 solo blocks; and Lauren Bleeker, 1 assist and 4 digs.
Senior Jordan Walton made first team All-Tidewater District and second team All-Region A.
Senior Sarah Ann Goodrich made second team All-District.
Lady Chargers making the All-Academic team with a 3.3 or higher grade point average included Mollie Ballantyne, Lauren Bleeker, Chelsea Hall, Shelby Lewter, Brittin Payne, Brooke Rowe and Jordan Walton. Freshmen are not eligible for All-Academic honors.
For Middlesex, Walton had 2 aces, 6 kills, 11 assists, 13 digs; Britton, 2 aces, 9 assists, 3 digs; Hall, 2 kills, 1 assist, 9 digs, 1 solo block; Payne, 4 aces, 8 kills, 2 assists, 4 digs, 1 solo block; Shelby Lewter, 1 kill, 2 digs; Thomas, 4 aces, 3 kills; Abbott, 10 digs; Goodrich, 3 aces, 5 kills, 7 digs; Morgan Blake, 1 assist; Beth Eanes, 2 digs; Rowe, 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 assists; and Bleeker, 5 digs.
She also thanked Gabby Hopkins, Jasmine Faucett and Hailey Walton for helping with the scorebook; Reid Sandate for keeping stats throughout the year; and all of the people that took their time to help out with the scoreboard and libero tracking.
She also thanked all of the parents “that made dinners and helped us out with the concession stand and supporting the team game after game. They are all a very important part of this team!”
Harrow thanked “everyone else who has had a part in our season” including athletic director Matt Stamm for his support and helping with the set-up at home games. “This year has been a very learning year for all involved,” Harrow added.
“As always, I will miss my seniors Brooke Rowe and Jordan Walton and wish them the best in all that they decide to do. I look forward to seeing many of my girls return next year and strive for an even stronger season,” said Harrow.