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Central wins first game
ROCKY MOUNT – Nash Central's volleyball team started last week out on a high note with a 3-1 Big East Conference victory on the road over Northern Nash, but ended it on a low note with a 3-1 league loss at home to Wilson Hunt.

Central trailed in game one until with the score Northern 9-7, Bulldog senior Ashley Bone reeled off 10 service points and aided her own cause with a kill out of the back court to push the Central lead to 17-9.

After trading several points, the Knights’ Emily Capps got four service points followed shortly by Jessica Daniel with three more points to bring Northern within one point at 23-22. After trading points, the Bulldogs' Sam Perry dumped a shot that fell in for the Central win 25-23.

Game two was all Knights as they jumped to 14-4 lead with the Bulldogs making nine errors. The two teams then traded point with the Knights taking a 25-15 win.

Game three started with Central’s Bone serving six points and the Bulldogs running to a 16-9 lead. After that, Northern battled, but could not climb back into the game as the Bulldogs finished with a kill by Bone and a non-returned service point by Haley Kitchen.

Game four started out with streaks of scoring with Bone getting five service points for the Bulldogs before NN's Kristen Ruffin got a block to stop the bleeding. After an exchange of points, Ruffin grabbed three service points of her own and then Capps grabbed two service points to tie the game 9-all. It was all Bulldogs from that point on as the Knights could not get a break. Highlighted by Bone’s six service points and a kill by Kitchen to end the game, Central cruised to a 25-16 win and the match.

Northern was led by Ruffin with five kills and seven blocks. Central was led by Bone with three kills and 32 service points.

Wilson Hunt visited Central Thursday and with the exception of the fourth game, the Bulldogs stayed close all afternoon but could not pull out the match.

In game one, the Bulldogs played close and the score was 10-all before the Warriors put on the rush and grabbed 10 of the next 15 to lead 20-15. A block by Bone and a Warrior error closed the score to Warriors’ 20-17. But then a block by Kristen Childers and a kill by Lizzie Pittman moved the Warriors to 23-17. Behind two kills and an ace by Kitchen, the Bulldogs claimed six of the last eight points, but lost on zone dump that fell untouched go give Hunt a 25-23 win.

Game two saw Hunt jump out to a 22-10 lead behind the net play of Madden, Childers, and Taylor Barbee. Starting with block by Bone, the Bulldogs clawed back claiming 10 of the last 13 points, but could not make the full trip as Perry served long giving the Warriors the 25-20 win.

In game three, Madden, Childers and Barbee continued to control the net play for the Warriors. But the Bulldogs got kills from Dana Collins and Bone and traded leads with the Warriors several times.

Each team scored in streaks. With the score Warriors 22-20, Bone pushed over a perfect dink for a score, but a net violation by Kristen Shuford on the next play gave the Warriors the 23-21 lead.

Bone then got a kill and then two service points to push the Bulldogs to a 24-23 lead  Elizabeth Stalls then scored on a dink to tie the game 24-all. A dink by Perry and a Warrior net violation gave the game to Central 26-24.

After the hard fought third game the Bulldogs went flat in game four and after and early 7-all tie the Warriors scored at will and ran to a 25-15 win.

Hunt was led by Stalls and Childers with five kills each, while Central was paced by Bone with two kills and six blocks, Collins with four kills and two blocks and Kitchen with three kills.

The Bulldogs (3-10, 1-3), after they faced Southern Nash Tuesday at home, will travel to Rocky Mount Thursday with a non-conference match on the road at Smithfield Selma sandwiched in between on Wednesday.

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