Bartlett Yancey’s Faith Upchurch serves against Morehead last week during a non-conference game.

As volleyball season winds down, Bartlett Yancey has a commanding lead in the Mid-Carolina 1A/2A Conference and can already smell the post season.

They're widening the gap with their closest conference challenger – Chatham Central (8-11, 6-3) and North Moore (12-5, 5-2). It's now a matter of keeping up the pressure.

“We can't get big headed about it,” said sophomore Jazmyne Henderson. “But I feel like if we put our hearts into it we can make it to the conference championship.”

Said Page Lee, a junior: “We're starting to work on different plays.”

Coach Angela Ouzts is particularly concerned about North Moore, which she said “is going to be a big competitor.” 

The Bucs (15-1, 9-0) have already defeated the Mustangs on the road, blanking them 3-0. The Bucs face them at home Oct. 12. 

BY, down two players, began last week with the 3-0 drubbing of non-conference Morehead (10-8) at home – winning 25-5, 25-12 and 25-12.

“They're able to fill in holes and not miss a beat,” Ouzts said of her team's depth. “That's pretty awesome.”

Against Morehead, Lizzie Proctor had 19 assists, seven kills, six aces and six digs. Alayna Crumpton had 13 kills, 10 digs and six aces.

They finished out the week on the road, pounding Cummings 3-0 and downing Chatham Central 3-1. Cumming is now 1-5, 1-4 and Chatham Central is 8-11, 6-3. 

If the Bucs can avoid disaster over the next two weeks they seem headed for post season play, likely as a high seed.

“We're a really good team,” said Alannah Kelly, a junior. “It'd be great to make it to the states.”

The Bucs are scheduled at home Tuesday against conference foe Graham (1-15, 1-8) and Thursday against non-conference River Mill (5-12).