WHS Volleyball Advances To Elite Eight.... (2018-10-28 01:10:43)

BOONE - Yes, while the town of Boone and Watauga County are crowing about the football team's first (Northwestern) conference championship in 11 years (and well they should), the Watauga High volleyball team has quitely moved its way into the fourth round of the state playoffs for the second time in three years.

And the Pioneers, who have won 25 straight this season, didn't waste anytime putting Saturday's opponent away. WHS knocked off its newest challenger, McMichael (27-2), the No.5 seed in the 3A West, in a three-game sweep, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, at Lentz-Eggers Gym.

The Pioneers, the No.4 seed in the 3A West, travel to top-seeded Marvin Ridge (41-2) in the fourth round Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

And like the football team, the volleyball team has put together an impresssive record on its home floor. The football team has won 19 straight at home, dating back to 2016; the volleyball team has won 29 straight at L-E Gym, dating back to last season.

And since Kris Hagaman became head coach in 2010, the Pioneers are a whopping 186-54. They're 73-5 since Brooke Byrd and Rebekah Farthing joined the program as freshmen in 2016.

And during her tenure, Hagaman has led WHS to five NWC titles, a 43-game winning streak in conference play, four apearances in the Elite Eight, and two appearances in the Western Finals, with the most recent coming in 2016.

The Pioneers (25-0) were led by Farthing and Byrd, who combined for 29 kills and 13 digs in Saturday's win. Grace Hayes backboned the attack with 39 assists, and Chloe Baldwin had 15 digs.

Watauga Varsity Volleyball defeated McMichael 25-13,25-14,25-20

Rebekah Farthing 16 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks, 7 digs
Brooke Byrd 13 kills, 4 aces, 8 digs, 1 assist
Tegan Allan 6 kills, 2 blocks
Carolyn Murray 5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs
Grace Hayes 1 kill, 1 aces, 1 block, 6 digs, 38 assists
Emma Brown 3 kills, 2 blocks
Chloe Baldwin 15 digs
Jasmine VanDyke 7 digs, 1 assist