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Whiteoak Lady ’Cats dominate SHAC foe Manchester in 3-set win

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Whiteoak senior Brianna Hill (5) is pictured at the net for the Lady Wildcats against Manchester. Also pictured for WHS are Adrionna Phillips (9), Claire Ames (7) and Lydia Carr (14). (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

MOWRYSTOWN — It took three sets with strong serving setting the tone for the Southern Hills Athletic Conference win by the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats, as they defeated the Manchester Greyhounds Thursday night.

Whiteoak won the match with scores of 25-5, 25-18 and 25-12. WHS didn’t trail in the match until the third set, and their aggression with their serves began in set one as senior Jaylie Parr served the Lady ’Cats to a 10-0 lead, with her serves landing for aces and bouncing off the opposition for points scored.

WHS eventually built their lead to 13-1 with the duo of Claire Ames setting the ball to Lydia Carr for Whiteoak’s 13th point of the opening set.

The first set continued with a 16-3 lead, as a serve by Kylee Hamm led to the 16th point scored for WHS.

That lead built into a 20-3 advantage with an ace by Hamm, and the 24th point for WHS came off a play at the net by Reagan Newton, with Whiteoak eventually winning 25-5 in set one.

Whiteoak started the second set with three straight points off a serve by Brianna Hill, a kill from Hamm and a point scored by Madison Schum.

The set two lead went to 6-2 off a point at the net by Carr, and 7-2 after a point by Hamm. The lead increased to 9-2 off a play at the net by Carr, and an ace later by Parr put Whiteoak ahead, 11-2.

After Manchester scored a handful of points, Carr made Whiteoak’s lead 12-6, and that lead went to 15-6 after a point from Hamm. Later in the second set, Hill put WHS ahead 18-11, and the second set continued to go in favor of WHS with the help of Elly McMullen and Adrionna Phillips as WHS eventually won set two at 25-18.

WHS struggled a bit in set three with Manchester taking a 9-3 lead early on, with one of the WHS points in that span coming off an ace by Hill.

Later, WHS rallied with an ace by Hamm, and then they tied the score at 10-10, 11-11 and 12-12.

From the final tie at 12 points, WHS regained the lead for good with a point by Newton, and later two straight points courtesy of Hill for a 21-12 advantage.

Newton followed with a point off a serve, then Parr had a point at the net, with WHS eventually winning set three at 25-12 and the match, 3-0.

The win by Whiteoak moves them to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SHAC.