Lady Dukes earn first-round bye for conference dance

Published 10:33 am Friday, October 31, 2014

The Windsor High School Lady Dukes have won their last four games heading into post-season play to put them on top of Division 2A Conference 33. That distinction gives the Lady Dukes a bye going into the first round of the tournament.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., in Windsor, the Lady Dukes will play the winner of the Bruton vs. King William match, which will take place on Monday. The conference championship will be on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Recently, Windsor has defeated Arcadia 25-16, 25-23 and 25-18; Appomattox Regional Governor’s School 25-13, 25-9 and 25-8; Franklin 25-10, 25-10, and 25-14; and Surry 25-12, 25-23 and 25-13.

Against Arcadia, Kaylee Smith had 100 percent serving over 12 attempts, Alaura Ellsworth had 3 aces and Kellie Matthews had 11 kills. Against ARGS, Smith again was 100 percent serving with 13 attempts. Payton Gay and Hannah Weisenburger were also 100 percent serving in 19 and 15 attempts, respectively.

Against Franklin, Smith was 22 of 22 serving and Brittany Wade had 5 digs.

Against Surry, Reagan Hasty was perfect serving over 24 attempts, as was Ellsworth over 11 attempts. Matthews had 14 kills and Wade had 8 digs.

There is still one game left in the regular season, against Sussex Central, which happened on Thursday and the game concluded after deadline.

Over the season, Smith leads the team in serving percentage with 90 percent being put in play. Ellsworth and Gay each tied in aces with 68 each.

Gay also leads in assists, with 337. Matthews leads in kills with 238, and Wade leads in digs with 48.

“The girls have worked very hard to get where they are,” said Head Coach Stacey Griffith. “It was a rough start to the season for them because they practiced for 3 weeks and played one game with no head coach.”

Griffith said this season has absolutely lived up to her expectations.

“For these girls anything is possible if they play smart and do what they know,” she said.