Parkview Baptist tops Woodlawn

Parkview Baptist’s serving was on target and the Eagles defeated Woodlawn 3-0 in volleyball action Tuesday at Parkview.

Parkview recorded 19 serving aces on the way to 25-11, 25-9 and 25-15 victories. The Eagles improve to 3-1 on the season, while Woodlawn is 1-6.

“We practice a lot on our serves, and the girls were on tonight,” Parkview coach Becky Madden said. “We like our serves hard, and we switch the zones we serve to depending on the other team’s lineup.”

Senior setter Lexi Taylor led the way with 10 aces. Junior Macey Stock added four aces. Katie Spears and Neely Burns had two aces and Christy Dearie had one.

Taylor, Spears and 5-foot-11 middle blocker Val Williams are the Parkview seniors. Taylor is a first-year varsity starter at setter and contributed 15 assists and seven digs.

“Taylor didn’t have a lot of varsity experience coming into this season, but she’s really playing well,” Madden said. “She’s setting with authority.”

Cameron Forbes, a 6-0 sophomore middle, led the Eagles with eight kills. Williams added seven kills. Spears and Dearie contributed four kills each. Stock added six digs.

Woodlawn led 5-3 early in the second game. Parkview rallied to tie the game at 8. With Stock serving, the Eagles went on a 4-0 run to pull ahead 14-8.

Parkview surged to a 10-3 lead in the third contest. Woodlawn rallied to within 11-7 with Jodi Edo at the net. Edo led Woodlawn with seven kills. Leah Williams added four kills and four assists for the Panthers.

“We’re not playing like we’re capable of playing,” Woodlawn coach Nelson Malpica said. “We looked good this summer and in the preseason. We’re in a slump now. We’ve got to learn to fight back. We can’t make this many mistakes against a good team like Parkview and expect to win.”

St. Joseph’s Academy defeated Parkview 3-0 last week and the two teams will play again this weekend in the Episcopal Volleyball Tournament.

“We’re excited to play SJA again,” Madden said. “Macey Stock had 19 digs for us against them. We still need to gain confidence as a team, especially when playing from behind. Playing tough opponents should help with that.”

Madden said Parkview and Brusly are expected to battle for the district title.

“We should do well in district,” Madden said. “The girls work hard. They like each other and we have good chemistry.”