POTOSI – Carsyn Yount stepped up when the Potosi volleyball team faced this past offseason with a glaring vacancy at setter. The former outside hitter has proven to be a quick learner.
The Lady Trojans showcased a diverse and crisp offense on Tuesday evening that involved excellent timing between Yount and her hitters in just their fourth competitive match.
Junior standout Ava Robart hammered 19 kills, including eight in back-to-back games, and freshman Eden Robart added nine more in a 25-21, 25-11, 25-19 sweep of Arcadia Valley.
Yount finished with 33 assists and 10 digs, and Potosi (3-1) kept applying pressure to the visiting Lady Tigers after closing out a highly competitive opening set.
Arcadia Valley (3-1) hoped to extend a resurgent start this season, marked by impressive victories over Dexter and Lesterville last week, but could not sustain lasting momentum.
Potosi never trailed in game two after jumping ahead 9-3. Layla Juliette delivered a solo block after senior Paige West and freshman Macyn McCarthy scrambled neatly to clear.
Libero Taylor Rayfield sprinkled in consecutive aces, and Ava Robart belted a couple of timely kills – one from the back row – after the Lady Tigers had drawn within three points.
West compiled six kills, eight digs and three aces. Rayfield made nine digs and Juliette chipped in three kills for the Lady Trojans, who enjoyed an eventual 18-9 lead in game two.
Kayla Sumpter finished with six kills and eight digs for Arcadia Valley (3-1), and made multiple sprawling stops along the back row to win solid rallies in game three.
But an outside kill from Paige Newstead-Adams was answered by Eden Robart after Sumpter blocked the previous swing. Yount found Eden Robart one last time at match point for a cross-court smash.
Skylar Romines endured a struggling rotation in game two, but sparked AV early in game one with a solo block and two middle kills within the first five points.
Potosi erased a quick 4-0 deficit once Ava Robart rotated forward. She combined with Yount on a double block, and countered an angled kill by Sumpter with power and a tiebreaking short ace.
Potosi picked up a key point when a dig by Rayfield was cleared safely by Kenley Wicker before the Lady Tigers could react. West followed with her second ace for a 17-13 lead.
Arcadia Valley battled back through calm execution when setter Taylor Lorenz was forced to make the first pass. Romines won a joust among her seven kills, and Sumpter made it 18-17 on a solo block.
A net violation eventually tied the opener at 21-21 after West jumped over Yount on a pass to extend the rally. Eden Robart regained the lead with a spike before Juliette and West combined for a block.
Cate Newstead Adams totaled five kills with seven digs, and Jaydan Crites equaled Paige Newstead-Adams with three kills each for the Lady Tigers.
Lorenz provided 20 assists with eight digs.
Valle Catholic 3, Festus 2
FESTUS, Mo. – Valle Catholic turned aside two set points in the opening stanza, and answered a Festus comeback on Tuesday night to earn a 29-27, 25-19, 24-26, 19-25, 15-12 road victory.
Abree Zipprich and Ade Weiler each sent down consecutive kills in game five after the margin had been trimmed to a single point, and the Lady Warriors prevailed on an errant return into the net.
Weiler compiled 12 kills, 21 digs, 13 service points and 17 serve receptions while libero Addi Donze had three separate team highs with 44 digs, 42 receptions ad 14 points.
Abree Zipprich landed a clutch spike to create a 25-25 tie in the opening game, and delivered a clinching block that Festus could not cover six points later.
Valle Catholic (2-1) soon had a two-game advantage after bolting ahead 14-7, and nearly punctuated a sweep after trailing 24-20 in game three.
Makayla Joggerst sent down three straight kills, and finished with 13 overall along with 18 digs, 17 receptions, four shared blocks and a couple of aces.
Festus regained a 25-24 lead before an ace extended the match. The Lady Tigers then built a sizable lead by the middle of game four to eventually draw even.
The Lady Warriors won several key defensive rallies, including at match point when Brooklyn Weibrecht made a dig and Festus failed to clear a blocked attack.
Zipprich totaled eight kills, 18 digs, 17 assists and two aces on eight points. Ava Bauman moved into the other setting role, and added eight kills, 21 assists and two aces amid eight points.
Bauman paced the Lady Warriors in blocks with two solos and six doubles. Brooklyn Weibrecht brought up 11 digs overall as Valle played its second consecutive five-set contest.
Farmington 3, Hillsboro 0
FARMINGTON – Ava Cooper spiked a team-high 10 kills, Emily Bauer and Cheyenne Strohkirch each dished out 13 assists, and Farmington rolled past Hillsboro 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday.
Middle hitter Madison Mills equaled Zoey Gerwitz with six kills each, and executed five solo blocks while adding three service aces for Farmington (4-4).
Brynn Johnson led the back-row defense with eight digs and 13 serve receptions. Her two aces were matched up Aubrey Huskey, who totaled 10 receptions and five digs.
Claire Hampton chipped in three kills, Ella Swyres shared three blocks, and Raylin LaCava handled six receptions. Emma Anderson landed her only attack for a kill, and made five serve receptions.
Central 3, De Soto 0
PARK HILLS – Central continued its strong start to the season with a 25-20, 25-10, 26-24 sweep over visiting De Soto on Tuesday night.
Blair Sitton and Avery Johnson each connected on 10 kills for the Lady Rebels.
Central (3-0) utilized 20 assists from Sydney Miles and two solo blocks among three overall by Kirsten Heineman.
Ste. Genevieve 3, Herculaneum 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Kailynn Harmon knocked down 10 kills and served two aces on Tuesday as Ste. Genevieve dominated Herculaneum 25-16, 25-15, 25-15.
Kale Clements served nine of the Dragons’ 18 aces as a team, and provided eight digs plus three kills. Joleigh Parker added four aces with 12 assists and three kills.
Emma Gegg provided seven kills to the offense, and Kailyn Fallert chipped in four more. Abby Boyer tallied three aces for Ste. Genevieve (2-2).
Sophia Huck amassed a team-high 15 assists.