It’s a shock the sprinklers haven’t went off at JK Stanley Gymnasium already. The Lady Broncos are on fire on the volleyball court.
Boyd swept a pair of road matches Monday night, then took three straight sets off of Riverside Christian Tuesday at home to run its win streak to 13 straight matches. Boyd is now 18-5 overall and 9-1 in conference.
Tuesday’s home win, which saw Boyd win 25-20, 25-13 and 25-17, followed the same script as the rest of the team’s recent victories. Krista Chisam’s serving set the tone and everything else seemed to fall into place once Boyd got in front.
Chisam was an ace machine at the end of the first set, going to the line with her team trailing 20-14 and putting Riverside Christian away with precision and power. When Chisam wasn’t picking apart the defense with her serving, the Lady Broncos were flying around the court, led by senior Audrey Durham and junior Mia Onderka.
Durham has a slew of saves and big spikes, while Onderka’s athleticism was on display as she seamlessly transitioned from back-row defense to swinging hard at the net.
Boyd’s 11-point rally seemed to break the spirit of the Knights as they never seriously challenged in the final two sets. The Lady Bronco depth was also a big reason why the win was secured without a fight.
Anslee McCrary showed off some impressive serving and also had a pair of big hits in the middle during the final two sets, while Lanya Byars and Journee Page helped chip away at Riverside’s serve receive. Lottie Hash and Kealey Simpson came in to patrol the front line, throwing waves of blockers at the Knights to halt their offensive output.
Chisam, last year’s all-state honoree, made her impact felt as well. The team’s top setter was slinging passes everywhere, giving all her top hitters a chance to shine. In a pinch, Chisam also had the court awareness to throw in some perfectly placed push shots that caught Riverside Christian flat-footed for easy points.
Her play, along with all the Lady Broncos’ standout athletes, were a big reason why Boyd swept a Monday tri-match with Knoxville Apostolic and the Bradley Knights. Boyd will now turn its attention to a key matchup with the TN Heat Friday at 5 p.m.
The Lady Broncos will also be back at home next week for matches on Tuesday and Thursday against Franklin Christian and SC3, respectively. Both matches at home will begin at 5:30 p.m.