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Kerr-Vance Academy volleyball player Katelyn Balentine knocks the ball over the net during her team’s 3-0 victory over St. Thomas More Academy on Tuesday night.

HENDERSON — Kerr-Vance Academy’s volleyball team continued a stellar season on Tuesday evening by dominating St. Thomas More Academy by a score of 3-0, improving its overall record to 9-1.

Head coach Casey Ellington elected to use the matchup with St. Thomas More Academy to analyze how her players could handle different situations, and believes her team responded perfectly to the adjustments.

“We actually changed up the lineup on the girls,” Ellington said. “They looked a little confused, but they ended up playing really great. I just wanted to see if they were capable of change and I thought they really brought it tonight, especially in the final two sets.”

With KVA’s rotation initially struggling to figure out how to find cohesion with the updated lineup, St. Thomas More Academy remained within striking distance for most of the first set and only lost it 25-20.

By the time the second set began, the Spartans had worked out their issues and began to exploit the weaknesses of their opponent. St. Thomas More Academy failed to counter and had to regroup after losing 25-7.

The visitors managed a much better start in the third set, but KVA’s consistency was too much for them to overcome, as they fell 25-8.

Only one game remains for the Spartans before they start their quest for their third consecutive NCISAA 1A championship, but Ellington said that she still wants to see her players fix some minor issues so that they will be ready for stiff postseason competition.

“We need to close our blocks because they aren’t getting there all the way,” Ellington said. “We also need to work on our defense so that the girls know where to go, and our serve receives could be a little better as well. I want to feed the ball to the middle as much as possible and we need great passing for that.”

KVA will get a strong test on senior night Friday when they host the undefeated Pungo Christian Academy at 5 p.m.