POTOSI – A powerful start at the net helped the Arcadia Valley volleyball team establish a dominant tone during the early stages and stay unbeaten on Tuesday night.
All-state junior Maddie DeMent rifled 16 kills from her middle position, and the Lady Tigers delivered extensive service runs to put away host Potosi 25-12, 25-16.
Senior Kirsten Day finished with five kills on the outside, and junior Gracee Smith added three kills with 12 assists for the Lady Tigers (4-0).
DeMent controlled the opening rotation with four blocks, including a solo stuff of a 10-foot attack, and freshman Sammi Layton served an 8-0 spree that fueled a 10-1 advantage.
Potosi got a needed kill from freshman Audrey Neel to stem the momentum, then won a few longer rallies on her serve to significantly narrow the gap in game one.
Libero Olivia Marsa fought off two heavy spikes as the Lady Trojans (0-3) picked up another point, and the margin reached 12-10 following a double block from Olivia Coleman and Carley Hampton.
Coleman was responsible for five of the eight Potosi kills during the opening set, and finished with eight while Annie McCaul had four and Hampton chipped in three more.
Arcadia Valley responded with a 13-2 closing surge as DeMent landed back-to-back kills on the heels of three unforced errors by the opposition.
Senior libero Katie Whited registered 13 digs and left her feet for a tremendous save that eventually turned into another DeMent termination at 19-11.
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Cierra Layton continued serving a 9-0 stretch, and DeMent answered a kill from McCaul with another solo block on set point.
The Lady Tigers utilized a combination of three setters, and would have led the duration of game two if not for a crisp swing by Hampton on the opening point.
Coleman cut the Potosi deficit to 10-8 with two straight kills after Smith and Day sent down consecutive chances for AV, but misfired on three attacks from the back row.
DeMent hammered a quick feed from Shyanne Smith-Hotchkiss directly to the floor for arguably her most ferocious kill of the evening at 20-11. She made it 24-13 with an ace.
Day punctuated the victory by tipping past the block after Potosi turned aside three match points.
Smith-Hotchkiss distributed 10 assists, and Cierra Layton picked up eight digs plus 11 points and Noley Kitchell added two kills for AV.
Sammi Layton finished with 15 points and six digs.
Potosi was paced defensively by Marsa with 10 digs. Emily Hector tallied nine assists while Madeline Bradley ended with six.