Eagles edge William Byrd in five-set league encounter

Franklin County sophomore hitter Courtney Bryant (No. 12) displays her vertical skills on this attack from the middle of the Eagles’ side of the court during a recent non-district home match against Patrick Henry.

Franklin County’s varsity volleyball team won its second, five-set match of the season Tuesday, 3-2 over Blue Ridge District rival William Byrd at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The Eagles (4-1 in the Blue Ridge District, 9-7 overall), which won its second straight match, both in district play, competed the first-round of regular-season league action with the win.

Set scores were 25-16, 22-25. 25-20, 23-25, 15-11.

FCHS is 2-2 in five-set matches this season and both of its wins are over district opponents.

Earlier, the Eagles defeated Northside, 3-2, at home.

FCHS lost non-district, five-set matches to Patrick Henry at home and to Hidden Valley on the road. The Titans are a year removed from reaching the Class 3 state semifinals.

FCHS, led by head coach Kaitlyn Dula, begins a three-match week Monday with a non-league contest at Glenvar.

Tuesday, the Eagles travel to Roanoke to play Northside and on Thursday, they host two-time reigning Class 3 state champion Lord Botetourt in their final regular-season home match.

Eagles jayvees fall

to William Byrd, 2-1

William Byrd edged Franklin County. 2-1, in a Blue Ridge District junior varsity volleyball match Tuesday at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-15, 21-25, 17-15.

The Eagles (3-2 in the Blue Ridge District, 10-6-2 overall)are 2-2 in three-set matches this season with wins over Magna Vista and Staunton River and losses to Bassett and William Byrd.

FCHS, coached by Brittany Flora and Jordan Templin, completed the first round of Blue Ridge District action with the loss.

The Eagles play three matches, two of which are Blue Ridge District contests, next week: at Glenvar (Monday), at Northside (Tuesday) and Lord Botetourt (Thursday).

BFMS finishes season with shut-out victory

VINTON - Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s volleyball team completed its 2019 season Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over William Byrd Middle School in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League match.

The Eagles’ victory is their second this season over William Byrd.

Set scores were 25-21, 25-23.

The Eagles finish the season with a 5-9 overall record and a 3-9 league mark.

BFMS, led by head coach Andy Flora and assistant coach Betsy Hill, served 11 aces, placed 93.8 percent of its serves in play, netted 17 kills, distributed 13 assists, collected 23 digs and finished the match with a 0.080 hitting percentage.

Anna Hasty served five aces and distributed 13 assists for the Eagles, while Haley Hanks tallied eight kills and Maddie Corn totaled five.

Also, Abigail Stone registered six digs and Hope Greer and Lauren Kelley each recorded five.

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