by Brian Hoffman
The Glenvar volleyball team remained undefeated on the season with another dominating win Tuesday. The Highlanders beat visiting James River in three sets, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-10.
The Highlanders are now 17-0 on the season and they haven’t lost a match in over a year. The 2021 Class 2 state champions lost a match at Floyd County on October 7 of 2021 and they’ve won 31 matches in a row in the past 12 months and change, running the table in 2021 and winning 17 straight this fall.
One of the two teams to beat Glenvar in 2021 was Auburn, and the Highlanders didn’t let that happen again as they swept the season series with the Eagles on Monday. Glenvar took a three set win, 25-14, 25-11 and 25-11, in the Highlanders’ gym.
Rhyan Harris had nine kills on nine attempts against Auburn with no errors and Sydney Loder did the same on five attempts to give the middle hitters a perfect 14-for-14 night.
“Not sure I’ve ever seen that before,” said GHS coach Mark Rohrback.
Audrey Conner had 34 assists for Glenvar. Claire Griffith had 12 kills and eight digs, Hannah Hylton had 11 kills, Natalie McMahon had five kills and Cara Butler served up three aces.
Last Wednesday the Highlanders played Carroll County in Hillsville in a Three Rivers District match that was expected to be one of their toughest of the season. However, the Highlanders dominated this one as well, winning in three sets by a score of 25-12, 25-9 and 25-14.
“Everyone played well, and I thought it was the best performance by the team of the season so far,” said Rohrback. “ As a team we had 20 aces and only missed four serves for a five to one ratio, and that was against a very good team. We also received extremely well as a team, posting our highest passer rating of the season with a 2.4.”
Hannah Hylton individually posted an almost perfect 2.8 ,out of 3.0, passer rating and she also had eight kills. Griffith had six kills and five aces, McMahon had five kills and four blocks and Loder had six kills and three aces. Conner had 29 assists while Butler served up five aces and led the team with 11 digs.
Glenvar will be at Alleghany tonight for a Three Rivers District match, and they have two more district matches next week. They host Floyd on Tuesday and Radford comes here a week from tonight.