Up and over

Kerr-Vance Academy volleyball player Cheyenne Owen (6) knocks the ball back over the net during her team’s 3-0 victory against Ridgecroft on Friday. Owen was one of six seniors to be honored in a special senior night ceremony prior to the matchup.

HENDERSON — Senior night for the Kerr-Vance Academy volleyball team on Friday was another evening of celebration for the program, as it defeated Ridgecroft 3-0 to conclude the regular season with a 9-1 record.

While head coach Casey Ellington did not believe her team turned in its best performance of the season on Friday night, she praised players for maintaining their composure to prevent Ridgecroft from extending the game.

“The second game was a little iffy,” Ellington said. “I don’t think the girls were expecting the ball to be sent back over every time and they weren’t moving their feet fast enough. However, I thought they played their best in the first and third sets.”

Prior to the matchup, a special ceremony was held to recognize KVA’s senior class, Blaire Boyd, Cheyenne Owen, Katelyn Balentine, Kaitlyn Jones, Anna Overby and Juliana Negron, all of whom had close family members in attendance for the evening’s festivities.

Once the ceremony concluded, the Spartans began their matchup with Ridgecroft by dominating them in the first set 25-8. But Ridgecroft provided a proper answer in the second set by taking advantage of several KVA mistakes to pull ahead 13-9.

The visitors’ momentum would be short-lived as KVA scored 14 unanswered points to win the second set 25-14. Ridgecroft kept the game close in the final set, but KVA’s consistency was too much for it to overcome, as the Spartans pulled away with a 25-11 win.

The victory over Ridgecroft puts KVA in a great position to claim its third consecutive NCISAA 1A championship, but Ellington said that her team still needs to make minor adjustments in a few areas as they prepare to face tough, postseason competition.

“I would definitely like to see some improvements on defense,” Ellington said. “That’s where I think we struggle the most. Not being ready for the ball to come back over is another thing we struggle with too, so we have to work on that as well, but other than that, we’re playing very good right now.”

KVA’s first matchup in the NCISAA 1A playoffs will take place at home Tuesday against Crossroads Christian.