For the second time in less than a week, the Gainesville volleyball team has continued another streak.
On Monday night at The Purple Palace, GHS swept P.K. Yonge 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 and defeated the visiting Blue Wave for the seventh straight time.
“It was a good competitive game,” said Gainesville coach Chancie Vice. “P.K. hustled really, really hard. They have a great coach who expects nothing but greatness and effort out of his players, so a lot of respect there, and we saw a lot of good things on our side and a lot of things to take into practice and work on before we see Buchholz on Wednesday.”
While the effort was certainly there for P.K. Yonge, so was the youth.
The Blue Wave start a sixth grader and a couple of eighth graders.
“We just played them last Thursday and we did not play our best in our home gym but tonight’s message was just to give complete effort and then see what we can do at the end of sets,” said P.K. Yonge coach Enrique Wiseman. “I’m really proud of my team for showing up tonight.”
In fact, it was the sixth grader, Holdyn Moore, who led the Blue Wave (8-4) in kills with five.
“She’s amazing,” Wiseman said. “She’s 11 years old and she has no fear. She kind of just goes for it and she doesn’t really back down from anybody that we’ve played against so far. She’s going to be special in the future.”
Eighth-grader Jorryn Dye was next in kills with four.
However, Gainesville’s more experienced players helped lead the way.
Mercer commit Meme Davis led GHS with nine kills and 17 digs.
The senior also had her first ace of the night in the opening set, which saw the Hurricanes finish with seven aces and helped turn a 12-12 tie into a 16-12 lead they would never surrender.
Columbia commit Charlotte Gravlee had two of those aces early in the first set but the senior added a pair of kills later in the set as the ‘Canes built as much as 7-point lead at 20-13.
A 5-0 run in the second set helped GHS take a 9-2 lead.
A Hurricanes block party at the net by Gravlee and junior Chloe Petrik (15 assists, 6 digs) was the decisive point in the 25-19 win for a 2-0 lead.
Junior Nicole Ellis got the Hurricanes off to a quick start in the third set.
Ellis had one of her five blocks and one of her four kills as part of a 5-0 run.
“I’m very proud of her,” Vice said. “She’s come such a long way, from her court IQ to her technique to her confidence, she has just completely blossomed this year. She’s a huge part of our offense and our defense. She’s a hard worker and a great teammate so we’re happy to have her.”
Senior Ava King had two of her team-leading four aces in the final set as GHS finished the night with 12 aces.
Both teams have big matches coming up.
GHS will host city rival Buchholz at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will go for its seventh straight win in the series against the Bobcats, who they swept on the road on Sept. 7.
“Playing Buchholz is always an emotional game for the girls,” Vice said. “The crosstown rivalry, we always want to win. It will definitely be an intense atmosphere here. I’m excited to see what they bring and I’m excited to see how we show up because we respond well to the crowd, we respond well to fans, and we like the high energy and the competition that Buchholz always brings.”
P.K. Yonge (5-5, 1-0) has a key district game at home against Bradford (Starke) (3-5, 2-0) at 6 p.m. on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s 3A-District 3 championship won by the Blue Wave.
“We definitely have to clean up the errors on our side of the net and if we can just play clean volleyball, we’ll take care of business on Thursday,” Wiseman said.