High School Sports

Wildcats hand WK first region volleyball loss

Lexington created a three-way tie for first place in Region 5-4A volleyball by handing White Knoll a 3-0 setback on Sept. 25. It was the first loss of the region campaign for the Timberwolves.

Lexington, White Knoll and Aiken all went 6-1 in first-half play. Aiken beat Lexington 3-1 in the region opener on Sept. 4, while White Knoll pulled out a 3-2 win over Aiken on Sept. 16.

The second half begins Tuesday with Lexington traveling to Aiken in a key rematch, while White Knoll looks to bounce back in a match at Richland Northeast.

Chee Lee’s Wildcats broke open a 13-13 deadlock in the first game vs. White Knoll with a nine-point run with Jennifer Hoppe at the serving line. Hoppe had three aces during the surge that led to a 25-16 win in the opener. The second game was tied at 24-24 before Lexington made its final move to win 26-24. Kellie Schmidt’s kill closed it out. The Wildcats dominated in the third game, completing the sweep with a 25-16 win.

Setter Laura Grace Swindler matched her season high with 36 assists in the key outing, and also contributed four digs, two kills and an ace to the cause. Schmidt had a season high 24 kills, six digs and three aces. Hoppe chipped in seven kills and six ace, Metta Price added six kills and Aubrey Dooley was solid on defense with six digs.

Schmidt leads the team with 65 kills, and also has 20 digs and 12 aces. Swindler has 153 assists, 26 digs and 10 aces. Hoppe has 40 kills, nine blocks, 12 digs and 10 aces. Price has 24 kills, nine digs and 10 aces. Katie McCullough, Lauren Owen and Kaitlyn Cobb have also contributed at the net. McCullough has 25 kills, Owens stands at 24 kills and Cobb, a freshman, has 13 kills and a team high 10 blocks. Kinsley Wade is second behind Swindler with 25 digs.

White Knoll ran its region record to 6-0 on Sept. 23 with a 3-0 sweep of Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Setter Sarah Barton had 26 assists, Brittanee Wallace had eight aces and Noelle Bolin had six kills to pace the Timberwolves romp.