Argylls continue to surge, win first two matches of Madison County Tournament

In pool play of the Madison County Tournament on Thursday evening, the Madison-Grant Argylls recorded two more victories, defeating Alexandria, 2-1 (27-29, 25-22 16-14), and Liberty Christian, 2-0 (25-19, 25-15).

In the opener against the Tigers, the Argylls’ only blemish came in the first set, where they were defeated by two points. But Madison-Grant buckled down after that, playing near flawless volleyball the rest of the way.

“I thought our girls did a really good job of mixing up their shots and passing,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Kayla Jump said. “Without passing, I don’t think we would have been able to do anything offensively. We had a gameplan, and we stuck to it. Alexandria is a really good team, so I really think our passing helped us prevail through.”

Grace Holmberg finished with nine kills to lead the offense, while Katie Garringer recorded eight and McKenna Lugar added five. Alia Whitton dished out 22 assists, while Sidney Wilson led the defense with 14 digs.

The Argylls carried the momentum over into their second match with Liberty Christian, increasing their remarkable win streak to 12 matches.

“We try to figure out a level of energy, and certain people bring a lot of energy,” Jump said. “Some days, depending on what team we play, our middles shine or our outsides shine or a rotation shines. I think that works well for us, because a lot of teams try to key up on one player, and we have multiple players who do some good things.”

Garringer and Holmberg co-led the Argylls with eight kills apiece, while Daya Greene finished with 14 digs and Whitton recorded another 22 assists.

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