Area briefs: Clarke County volleyball opens with 3-set win over Skyline

Posted: August 26, 2014

From Star staff reports

BERRYVILLE — The Clarke County volleyball team opened up the 2014 season with a 25-12, 25-10, 25-21 win over Skyline at home Monday evening.

The Eagles (1-0) were led by Kaitlyn Turner’s 10 kills and Morgan Withers’ 10 assists.

Jaime Hoggatt and Javonna Lansdown finished with 10 digs apiece, and Lansdown had an 11-point service run during the second set that included six of her seven aces in the match.

Field Hockey

Hornets picked 4th in preseason poll

FOREST — The Shenandoah University field hockey team is the preseason No. 4 selection of the ODAC coaches in preseason poll results released Monday morning by the league office.

The Hornets, who finished as the runner-up in the league race last season, return Player of the Year Ashley Cross as well as All-ODAC honorees Presha Merritt and Kelani Bailey off of last year’s squad.

Coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft, who was selected as the ODAC Coach of the Year, saw her 2014 team garner 44 points in the preseason poll to come in one point behind No. 3 Bridgewater.

Lynchburg, the defending champion, is the pick to win it all again in 2014. The LC Hornets have a perfect 64 points on eight first-place votes.

Voting is done on an 8-1 basis and coaches cannot vote for their own team in the poll.

Randolph-Macon, which defeated SU in overtime last season in the tournament semifinals, received Lynchburg’s first-place vote and is picked second with 55 points.

Shenandoah opens its season on Saturday at Dickinson.