ROANOKE — A trio of Patrick Henry hitters combined for 27 kills Tuesday in leading Patrick Henry’s Patriots to a 3-0 sweep of Franklin County in a non-district varsity volleyball match on its home floor.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-23.

The Eagles (2-1), who suffered their first loss of the season, did fight off several match points in the closing set, but their effort to extend the contest was to no avail.

PH (2-0) and FCHS are long-time volleyball rivals from their days in the Roanoke Valley and Western Valley district. Since the Western Valley District disbanded after the 2012-2103 school year, the two foes have faced in non-district encounters.

Anna Dandridge finished the match with 10 kills, while teammates Megan Doyle and Marella Hudson totaled nine and eight kills.

Daphne Thompson passed out 24 assists.

For FCHS, Courtney Bryant netted a match-best 19 kills.

With the showing, Bryant, a sophomore who earned Class 6 All-State laurels last year as a freshman, has surpassed the 300-mark in career kills; her total stands at 314.

It took Bryant 31 matches for her to achieve her current standard.

Bryant’s 19 kills are a season-best output.

Setter Rachel Justice distributed 24 assists and collected three kills.

FCHS returns to action Thursday, September 12 at Bassett. Match time is 7 p.m.

Patrick Henry’s Patriots sweep Eagles jayvees, 2-0

ROANOKE — Patrick Henry swept Franklin County, 2-0, in a non-district junior varsity volleyball match Tuesday on its home floor.

The loss is the Eagles’ first this season.

Set scores were 25-20, 25-20.

FCHS (2-1) returns to action Thursday, September 12 at Basset. Match time is 5:30 p.m.

Hidden Valley tops Benjamin Franklin in straight sets

Hidden Valley Middle School defeated Benjamin Franklin Middle School in straight sets, 2-0, Wednesday in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League volleyball match at the BFMS West Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-14, 25-20.

Anna Hasty and Becca Merrick each served two aces for the Eagles, who served five aces for the match and placed 97.1 percent of their serves in play.

Merrick, Haley Hanks and Hope Greer each netted two kills and Greer tallied a block.

Hasty distributed six assists, while Merrick collected eight digs, Karsyn Strong recorded six digs, Hanks registered four digs and Abigail Stone totaled three digs. BFMS (1-4 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 2-4 overall) sustained its third loss in a row and its fourth straight in league play.

The Eagles return to action Monday in Roanoke against non-league rival James Madison Middle School. Match time is 5 p.m.

Squires sweep Benjamin Franklin in league match

Cave Spring Middle School swept Benjamin Franklin Middle School 2-0 in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League volleyball match Tuesday at the BFMS West Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-15.

The Eagles (1-3 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 2-3 overall) suffered their second loss in a row and their third straight setback in league play.

BFMS was limited to three aces, three kills, one assist and 17 digs.

The Eagles placed 89.7 percent of their serves in play and finished the match with a negative hitting percentage. Abigail Stone served two aces and collected six digs to lead BFMS, while Anna Hasty served one aceand passed out an assist.

Becca Merrick recorded six digs and Sydney Holland, Hope Greer and Alyssa Legg each netted a kill and Legg registered two digs.

Christian Heritage takes two from Smith Mountain Christian

Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) swept Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy in a middle school-varsity volleyball doubleheader Tuesday at home.

The Knights won the middle school match, 2-0, and claimed victory in the varsity contest, 3-1.

CHA returns to action Monday at home against Faith Christian Academy of Hurt.

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