Mercer County takes match from ROWVA

Robert Blackford/Editor
Members of the Mercer County High School volleyball team show off their hearts after beating ROWVA Wednesday at "Caring for Hearts night.

By all accounts it was a very special night for the Mercer County Golden Eagles volleyball team. Not only did they have a good turnout for the fundraiser for the Erika Kate Foundation but they defeated ROWVA in two games 25-21 and 25-19.

"It was an amazing night," said Mercer County head coach Katie Jenkins. It was a good game, great fans, generous fans," said Jenkins.

While Mercer County won the match they started out flat falling behind 4-1 and 11-6.

"We started off a little slow," said Jenkins. "We've been on such a big kick in preparing for tonight and ROWVA took advantage of it. But we stuck with it and inched our way back into the match."

The Golden Eagles trailed throughout the first game only forcing a lead at 22-21. Rachel Hawk and Kimi Nelson strung some serves together toward the end to give the Golden Eagles some momentum. A kill from Bailey Kristic gave the Golden Eagles a 23-21 lead. Krstic's block on the final point gave the Golden Eagles their sixth point in a row and the win.

"We battled back pretty good," said Jenkins. "I'm happy we didn't give up when we went down by six, we stuck with it."

In the second game Mercer County took an early 4-1 lead but lost momentum as the Tigers reeled off seven straight points to take a 12-8 advantage. Mistakes were plaguing the Golden Eagle offense but they fought to overcome them in the middle of the match.  

"If we don't pass well we don't get any hits," said Jenkins. "We played a lot better against Rockridge. We are playing at the level of our competition. You have to battle through those down spots."

Morgan Weeks and Krstic came through with some big hits and Mercer County edged out to a 17-16 lead.

The game remained tight for awhile as the two teams tied at 15, 16 and 17 points.

Morgan Weeks' serving gave the Golden Eagles a four point run as  they forged ahead 22-17.

The Tigers couldn't recover and the Golden Eagles hung on for the victory.

Krstic led the Golden Eagles in kills with seven while Kimi Nelson added six more. rustic also had two blocks. Maggy Terrill led the squad in assists with 12 while Nelson had 12 digs to lead the team.

Nelson and Morgan Weeks had four points each during the match.

The Mercer County junior varsity defeated ROWVA 25-11 and 25-13.

The Golden Eagle freshman defeated ROWVA 25-8 and 25-23.