Bartlett Yancey volleyball’s stellar season came to an end at Whiteville High last Thursday in the third round of the state 2A championships.
Whiteville’s fourth seeded Wolfpack (21-3) thumped the fifth seeded Bucs in straight sets to advance to the fourth round, where they lost 3-1 Saturday to top seed Midway (26-0).
BY finished the season 20-2 overall and 10-0 in the Mid Carolina 1A/2A Conference. They had hoped to top last year’s 24-2 team, which made it to the state semifinals.
“They’re a really good team,” Bucs coach Angela Ouzts said of Whiteville. But, she added, “they’re beatable. I wish they (her girls) could have played the game I know they’re capable of playing.”
Her players, she said, got behind early which messed with their heads and led to careless mistakes.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Ouzts said, “and thankful for the support the community always gives us.”
The Bucs played their first two rounds of the state tournament before noisy hometown fans, besting 28-seeded Holmes (8-15) 3-0 in the first round, then downing 12th Manteo in the second round by the same score. Whiteville defeated the Bucs 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19.
Against Manteo, the Bucs spent much of the evening fighting off the determined Redskins. BY won the first two sets 25-18, but had to claw their way back to prevail in the third set. They finally escaped 25-21.
“It was pretty intense, pretty solid on both sides,” Ouzts said. “But we played the game we know we can play. And that’s what we needed.”
Kayden Miller had 12 kills in the Manteo game. Alannah Kelly had 10 and Kirsten Walker had seven. Paige Lee had 20 assists and Walker had 18. Bethany Solomon had five aces. Miller had 12 digs, Kelly had 11, Solomon eight and Walker six.
Said Miller, a junior: “They came in and were looking pretty good. But we came out and played the best we could. We have a lot of skill on this team.”