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Blue Devils, Cee-Bees Pick Up Wins at Cameron

Beallsville’s Kaylee Hagan prepares to serve during Monday’s match against Cameron. The Blue Devils won the contest with Hagan delivering three kills and three aces. Photo by Cody Nespor

CAMERON — The Beallsville and Clay-Battelle volleyball teams converged on Cameron Monday evening as the Dragons hosted a Senior Night doubleheader. Cameron (0-4) dropped both matches to Beallsville (3-4) and Clay-Battelle (4-3).

The first match of the night was between Cameron and Clay-Battelle and it got off to a rocky start. CB went up 3-1 early, but following a long conference between the referees, it was determined that the Cee-Bees had served out of order and the score was changed to 2-2.

From there, the teams went back and forth, tying the score at six, eight, 11, 12 and 15 before CB pulled away to win 25-17.

In the second set, Clay-Battelle rebounded from an early 4-1 hole to win 25-18. Despite jumping out to a 10-3 lead in the third set, Clay-Battelle had to fight to put away the Dragons late. Cameron battled back from a 22-12 deficit to get to 22-19 before CB went on a run to win the set 25-19 and take the match.

After a break, the second match started between Cameron and Beallsville.

The Blue Devils came out flat in the first set as Cameron built an early 15-9 lead. Beallsville coach Jeff Fluharty said that has been an unfortunate trend for his team this season.

ìWe’ve had this problem all year long, we start slow and then we pick it up as the match goes on,î Fluharty said. ìThat’s been the story so far this season, every match it’s been this way.

Eventually, the Blue Devils got on track and the set turned into a veritable stalemate. The teams alternated points all the way from 17-17 until 24-24. The set finally ended when Beallsville scored to go up 25-24 and then Cameron was called on a catch, awarding a point, and the set, to Beallsville.

“It was closer than I felt it was going to be, because I felt we had a better team,”î Fluharty said.

In 15 years of coaching, Fluharty said he has never faced a problem quite like the one his team has this season.

He is currently attributing it to the teamís relative youth.

ìIíve got a young team, Iíve got a lot of freshmen and sophomores Iím playing and Iíve only got one senior out there,î Fluharty said. ìWith a young team, theyíre getting a lot of experience. In years past, Iíve had senior and junior teams and I didnít really have this problem then. I hope it does (fix itself).î

Once the Blue Devils got going, they rolled through the rest of the match, winning sets two and three 25-15 and 25-11.

Leading the charge was freshman Kaylee Hagan, who recorded three kills and three aces.

ìKaylee is an excellent athlete, she hits well, she covers the court,î Fluharty said. ìBy the time sheís done here, sheís probably going to have every record we have. As a freshman, sheís the best Iíve coached and Iíve been doing this 15 years.î

Sophomores Chloe McCulley and Kinley Hughes both had three assists to lead the team. Hughes also recorded five aces and Hughes had four. Freshman Brooke Wells also had four aces.

Beallsville will play Bellaire and St. Johns at St. Johns on Tuesday.

For Cameron, Gracie Carter had two aces and five digs. Audrey Bock (11) and Aubrey Cain-Loy (eight) led the team in digs.

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