Pike volleyball routs CCA, moves to 4-0 on season

Published 10:00 pm Monday, August 27, 2012


The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots upped their record to 4-0 with a straight set win over Crenshaw Christian Academy Monday afternoon.

The Pats never trailed in any of the sets of the match, en route to the fourth win of the young season.

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Pike Liberal won the sets 25-7, 25-12 and 25-15 to cruise to a straight set win.

“We have played really well so far this season,” said head coach Mendy Avant. “I have been able to coach all of these girls, except one, since the seventh grade. They have been together for a long time and work hard.”

Pike Liberal picked up four aces a piece from juniors Kailee Taylor and Ellie Barron. Also getting on the aces was new starter Grace Capps.

Capps notched two of her three aces early in the first set of the afternoon, and always seemed to be in the right spot for a dig or set.

Capps surprised Avant with how quick she contributed to the team.

“I couldn’t help but smile,” said Avant. “I knew she (Capps) had to be a little nervous playing in a new rotation, but she stepped up. They all stepped up.

Ellie wasn’t the only Barron to make her mark in the straight-set win for the Pats. Carrley Barron combined with Ellie to notch seven kills. Mackenzi Johnson and Shelby Baggett had one spike each.

Avant said that her team responded well to adversity dealt to them earlier in the week.

“One of our players quit earlier this week,” said Avant. “We were here until 8:30 last night putting in a new offense, and the girls did a great job of getting in the right spot.”

Pike Liberal hosts Lee-Scott Academy today at 3:30 p.m.