Things didn’t look good for Bartlett Yancey volleyball heading into the third set of its Wednesday matchup against Mid-State 2A conference opponent Durham School of the Arts.
The Bulldogs had staged a pair of rallies in winning the first two sets against BY and they entered the third looking to end things with a sweep.
The Buccaneers had other plans, though, and strung together a rally of their own, scoring five consecutive points midway through the third set on their way to a 25-16 victory that forced a fourth set.
However, that’s where the momentum ended for BY as Durham edged out the Bucs, 25-22, in the fourth set to claim a 3-1 victory over BY.
Clinging to a two-point lead in the third, BY (6-9, 3-6 Mid-State 2A) rattled off five consecutive points in claiming a 15-9 advantage midway through the set. A Durham (10-7, 8-3) serving error made it a 12-9 game and junior right side hitter Breyana Lunsford increased the Bucs’ lead to four with her service ace moments later. Sophomore outside hitter Makayla Massenburg kept the streak going with a kill on a pass from sophomore setter Faith Upchurch and Lunsford struck again from the service line, recording her second ace in three attempts that pushed BY’s lead to six at 15-9.
The Bulldogs fought back, though, and managed to trim their deficit to four on a BY defensive error. That’s as close as Durham got as the Bucs scored eight of the matches final 13 points to seal the win. Senior outside hitter Lanie Ouzts was instrumental down the stretch as she recorded five of BY’s eight points. Her service ace put the Buccaneers at match point, 24-14, and gave them their biggest lead of the evening. Durham junior middle hitter Izzy Lee and senior libero Terra Dunn got the Bulldogs to within eight on their respective kill and service ace, but sophomore setter Elizabeth Proctor hammered home a kill to clinch the 25-16 win for the Bucs.
BY staged another rally near the end of the fourth and final set. Trailing 19-13, the Bucs used an attack error from senior defensive specialist Cate Stefan to pull within five. A pair of Lunsford service aces made it a three-point contest. From there, the Buccaneers went on a 7-1 run and tied the game at 20-all on Proctor’s kill. However, the Bulldogs stole five of the set’s next seven points to clinch the victory.
The Bucs return to the court Oct. 14 when they travel to Graham for a non-district matchup against River Mill Academy starting at 6 p.m.