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Bandys and Newton-Conover went to war on the volleyball court for the second time this season on Wednesday.
After losing a tough match at home in five games to the Lady Red Devils on Aug. 29, the Lady Trojans (8-1) would not suffer the same fate.
Taylor Sigmon, Jesse Story and Chelsey Queen combined for 45 kills, leading Bandys to a five-game road win of their own, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-10.
The win by the Lady Trojans ends a lengthy 32-match win streak in conference play for Newton-Conover, who also lost for the first time since a Sept. 10 match against West Iredell.
â€śThese girls have worked so hard,â€ť said Bandys coach Randi Keith. â€śEverything they do is self-motivated. They run hard. They run extra. They donâ€™t complain. They come early to practice. They stay late. They get on to one another. I couldnâ€™t ask for a better group of young ladies.â€ť
Facing similar circumstances that they did in the first match between the two schools, Bandys went ahead 2-1 against the Lady Red Devils (14-3, 8-1).
Down in the match and with its best player, Isabella Zilagiris, on the bench, Newton-Conover got an offensive explosion in the fourth game from Corbin Evans.
She powered down six kills in the game, taking the Lady Red Devils lead to 18-7. They held on for the game four win, and the match was headed to a fifth-and-deciding game.
Heading into the matchesâ€™ final moments, the Lady Trojans kept their composure.
â€śI donâ€™t think we were nervous,â€ť Queen said. â€śWe had our adrenaline going. We just knew we had to take care of business and got the job done.â€ť
The two teams were tied 3-3 early in the game, but fatal mistakes on defense cost the Lady Red Devils dearly.
Setter Mary Hinson made three-straight errors, giving Bandys a small cushion, 7-3, and it would be all they needed.
Bandys maintained its distance in the game, eventually garnering the 15th point on a Queen kill for match win.
Sigmon said the win over the Red Devils is at the top of her teamâ€™s list.
â€śI would definitely say they are our biggest rival in volleyball,â€ť she said. â€śIt felt awesome to win this game. It was back-and-forth. They are an awesome team, but it feels awesome to win.â€ťView more articles in: