Wheatmore coach Sarah Beth Campbell talks to her team dueing a timeout in their Class 2-A state volleyball playoff game Saturday, October 23, 2021 (Contributed)
Wheatmore’s volleyball team defeated eighth-seed West Davidson in the Class 2-A first round of the state playoffs Saturday.
The 25th-seeded Warriors advanced with a 27-25, 25-23, 25-20 road victory.
Wheatmore coach Sarah Beth Campbell said the Warriors (10-12) were focused.
“They kept their composure in a very loud gym,” she said. “We executed well at the net and were able to find some holes. We kept serves on the court and made West Davidson work for every pass they got.”
Wheatmore’s Taghan Mooney had 12 assists, 17 digs, five service points and five kills, Taylor Richardson delivered seven kills, three blocks, two digs and seven service points (with two aces) and Payton Routh had 10 digs and 14 service points.
Campbell credited junior varsity call-ups who stood in for a middle player out due to injury.
“The girls rallied around a JV middle that hasn’t played with us before and definitely hasn’t played in a playoff atmosphere,” Campbell said. “The girls worked together and it showed.”
In the second round, the Warriors will travel to Maiden, which defeated Providence Grove on Saturday.
Providence Grove, seeded No. 24, bowed out with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 loss at No. 9 seed Maiden. The Patriots finished the season with a 12-11 record.
In other action, No. 26 seed Trinity lost to seventh-seeded West Stanly by 25-14, 25-16, 25-17 on Saturday. Trinity ended up with a 10-13 record.