Piedmont coach Grace Strott said her team fell behind 13-10 in the second set at Weaver and she was forced to call a timeout.
“I said, ‘Don’t allow them another point,’ and we didn’t. We won 25-13,” Strott recalled, adding the Mallory Roberts, the lone senior on the team, served out the game.
Roberts had six service aces and 14 assists in the win. Carlie Flowers had 11 kills. Ashlynne Rivers had four aces and Torre Roberts recorded four kills. Bre Green led on defense with seven digs.
Weaver comes to Piedmont Thursday as the Bulldogs begin the second half of their home-and-home area schedule.
In the tournament at Cedar Bluff on Saturday, the Bulldogs opened against Gaston and won 2-1. The scores were 24-26, 25-22, 15-6. Against Sardis, Piedmont dropped the first set 25-14, won the second 26-24 then lost the third 15-12. They ended pool play with a 25-21, 25-18 win over Cedar Bluff. In the elimination bracket, Class 5A Southside beat Piedmont 25-9, 25-8.
“I was so excited,” Strott said of her team’s effort at Cedar Bluff. “We did a pretty good job Saturday. We beat Cedar Bluff. We beat Gaston and we lost a close third set to Sardis. … It was a good day. We had fun.”
For the day, Flowers had 25 kills and four aces. Torre Roberts had 17 kills and two blocks. Riesha Thompson contributed 12 kills and three aces. Mallory Roberts recorded 46 assists, eight kills, six aces and 10 digs. Bre Green led on defense with 24 digs. Keshauna Jones had 15 digs. Rivers served six aces and had 13 digs. Jaylen Major added a pair of aces.
At Piedmont Thursday, Pleasant Valley defeated Piedmont 25-10, 25-23 and White Plains downed Piedmont in area play 29-27, 12-25, 25-23, 25-17. For Piedmont, Thompson led with 16 kills on the day and Flowers had 15 kills. Rivers served five aces and Mallory Roberts had 26 assists. Strott said the White Plains match was the best Piedmont has played this season.
Strott said last year’s team returned almost the same starting lineup as the 2011 team while this year’s players are all adjusting to new roles and new players around them.
“They’re just learning how they fit in with this group of girls. It just takes time with a new group. It’s just been a lot of hard work and the girls don’t mind working hard,” Strott said. “It just sometimes takes a little while for it to pay off.”