September 2, 2009

SHE'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL

Beaufort High fights off Battery Creek in tri-match
By BRANDON PARKER
bparker@beaufortgazette.com

What Eagles coach Jeni Whitman called "first-game jitters" against Ashley Ridge seemed to spill over into Beaufort High's opening game against a much-improved Dolphin squad. Battery Creek, which graduated just one senior from a year ago, jumped out to a 5-1 lead behind kills from Taylor Wilson and Shavonne Dorsey and the Eagles' three unforced errors.

But Beaufort High (2-0) responded, as Blake Banner tallied three of her 20 kills and two of her 12 aces to spark a 14-6 run and help secure the first game for the Eagles.

The second game began much like the first, with the Dolphins (1-1) riding two aces from Ciara Lelie to build another 5-1 lead. And just like the first game, Banner led the Eagles back.

Battery Creek used another dose resilience in the third game to turn a nine-point hole into a 22-19 deficit. But the rally stalled behind serve-receive troubles and three consecutive points from Dickson, Mindy Morris and Jenny Sanborn, before Banner hit the match-winning kill.

"That last game was so close and we really had to crank it up a notch," Banner said. "You want every match to be competitive, but once we get against Battery Creek, it's just different because that's our rival. We did what we had to do and it feels good to get that win." (Read whole story here)


Yeah, WE'RE RELATED. *bankhead bounce

p.s. if you're a guy, don't be checking out my sister's @ss. She's underage.