LEADWOOD – Extended service streaks helped the West County volleyball team hang on for a home sweep against Potosi on Wednesday evening.
Senior Sarah O’Donnell provided leadership from the back row with four aces and seven digs, and the Lady Bulldogs controlled the latter stages of game two for 25-23, 25-15 victory.
Although several rallies throughout the opening set ended in miscues from each squad, West County (4-3) managed to gather some important points quickly from the service line.
Potosi (5-9) nearly erased two sizable deficits caused by passing struggles – including a 10-point margin late in the stanza – and eventually attacked for a potential tie.
Three drastic changes in momentum occurred after Alyssa Roever and Allison Busch served aces, and Cheyenne Young sent down a pair of kills to bolster a 9-2 West County start.
Hailey Jennings twice tipped the ball effectively past single blocking, and Potosi clawed back to within 13-12 after senior Zoe Harbison safely landed two deep attacks.
Rachel Hedgecorth answered with a cross-court shot, and Ivy Meinershagen found an open corner on the second touch as libero Haylee Watson reached low to keep the ball in play.
O’Donnell then took command of a crucial 9-0 scoring run with four of her next seven served finding the Potosi side of the floor without being passed or returned.
The resulting 22-12 advantage nearly evaporated entirely, however, as Potosi played its most poised stretch of the match while the Lady Bulldogs suddenly became rattled.
Junior libero Peyton Blair executed several crisp passes and served her own ace during the comeback, and the score reached 23-22 when West County twice cleared the ball long following a timeout.
Gracey Allison brought the visitors within 24-23 on a finesse shot after Potosi contacted the net on the previous point, but a subsequent swing landed in the mesh.
Young paced West County with six kills and three blocks up front. Watson compiled nine digs while Meinershagen and Roever combined for 11 assists.
The Lady Trojans trailed game two 10-5 before setter Jessi Nicholson unleashed three aces within a span of four points to level the score.
But the last pivotal streak belonged to Watson as West County tallied five straight to rebuild an 18-12 advantage. Kylee McKinney and Allee Drennen each connected for two key kills during the set.
Potosi surrendered its last five points against either on hitting errors or other violations after Jordan Stevens of West County spiked off a defender’s hands to make it 20-14.
Allison posted a team-high four kills, and Olivia Coleman equaled Jennings with three apiece for the Lady Trojans, who won last year’s matchup at home in three games.
Blair shined in defeat with 13 digs, and Nicholson and MacKee Finley shared 10 assists. Cameryn Yount served four consecutive points in game one.
West County will try to increase its two-year reign as Clearwater Invitational Tournament champion on Saturday.