The Newberry Volleyball Team after winning the District Volleyball game against Union County last Thursday night. Top L-R: Assistant coach Taylor Whitley, Head Coach Sarah Clark, #9 Sydney Daughtery, 32 Kelsey Harris, #10 Shae Ridgeway, #12 Jessica Mackenzie, #3 Cassidy Mark, #4 Savannah Bates, #1 Alley Fletcher, #11 Morgan Hughes, #5 Marcey Cheramie, #8 Mariah Sapp, and #11 Kelly Cason
NEWBERRY – On the night of Oct. 25, fans could be heard cheering as the ball was slammed onto the court while the Newberry High School Volleyball Team was on their way to victory over Union County. Both teams played hard, and it was a heart-racing game filled with kills, aces, digs and fanatic fans cheering for their sides, but the Newberry Panthers got the upper hand.
The Panthers beat the Tigers in four sets with scores of 21-25; 25-18; 25-21 and 25-21. The Newberry team is coached by Coach Sarah Clark and Assistant Coach Taylor Whitley. It was a close game, but Newberry beat 30 years of history by overcoming its rival, Union County.
Union County won its last match against Dixie County 3-1 and is currently ranked in 9th place. With the win, Newberry became District Champs and are now in the running to become State Champs.
Kelly Cason, the one and only senior on Newberry’s team, led her volleyball girls with 12 service points, 7 aces, 10 kills, 1 block and 5 digs. Newberry’s Kelsey Harris has 22 aces for the season so far, and said, “I am so proud of how much we have accomplished as a team. Berry Bunch for life!”
Having the District Championship title in hand, Newberry has a 13-6 record with plans to continue winning to advance as far into the playoffs as they can.
Newberry takes to the court next in regional play, which will be held at Newberry on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., as the Panthers take on The Villages. The Buffalos have a 15-9 record, losing their last game against Taylor with only winning 1 set to Taylor’s 3 winning sets. The Villages are currently ranked #8 in the Florida Division 1A Rankings while Newberry is ranked #11 in the rankings.
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