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Trojans comeback falls short against Northside

Trojans comeback falls short against Northside

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Tunstall senior Brooklyn Owen goes for a spike in Wednesday’s Region 3D matchup against Northside.

DRY FORK — Entering the Region 3D volleyball playoffs as Piedmont District champions — and the No. 3 seed — the Tunstall Trojans had high hopes of making an extraordinary postseason run.

However, the chance came to abrupt end Monday night.

Tunstall fell to the No.6 seed Northside Vikings 3-2.

Tied at two sets each, Tunstall (10-1) got off to a hot start, going up 7-3 before the Vikings called a timeout to regroup and kill the Trojans momentum. Slowly but steady, Northside tied it at 13-13 thanks to back-to-back kills from Sanii Nash-Fuell. Northside scored the next two points to end the set 15-13 and clinch the victory.


Tunstall’s Emily Austin (7) attempts at a block in Wednesday’s Region 3D matchup against Northside

Tunstall, which had won 15 consecutive sets in the regular season, found itself in unfamiliar situation. The Trojans dropped the first two sets 25-18 and 25-17. But entering the third set, Tunstall were destined that it was not going to be their last. Trojan’s senior Kaylee Scarce notched a kill and ace that helped win set three 25-19, which forced the fourth set. Tunstall would earn the contested fourth set 25-22 with the help of consecutive kills from senior Brooklyn Owen.

Despite the loss, Scarce capped her high school career in remarkable fashion. The Virginia-Wise commit collected 33 digs and 22 kills, which topped both teams. Owen was also a big contributor for the Trojans, notching 22 digs and 20 kills. Gabby Elliott finished with a team-high 36 assists.

Tunstall will face a rebuilding period next season, as it will lose seven of its 12 players to graduation.

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