Broughton travelled to Charlotte over the weekend to play perennial 4A powerhouses Ardrey Kell and Providence. Providence was the 2014 west region champion and Ardrey Kell claimed the 2012 state title.
The Caps downed Providence 25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-13 in Saturday's first contest. Kalee Vanderhorst (17 kills, .400), Katja Ehlers (16 kills, .484) and Tiana Butler (9 kills, .571) paced the offense and helped Broughton overcome 17 missed serves. Kati Smith handed out 42 assists, Rachel Byrd chipped in 3 kills and 2 blocks and Vanderhorst led the Caps with 9 digs and 3 blocks. Alden Willis and Kati Smith each had 3 aces and Butler and Holli Smith added 2 aces.
In the day's second match Ardrey Kell jumped to a 14-6 lead in the first set before Broughton responded with a 19-8 run to claim a 25-22 victory. Kalee Vanderhorst picked up four service points and two aces to close the set. The Capitals carried that momentum into the second frame by taking a 14-0 lead on their way to a 25-7 win. Broughton ended the match with a 25-18 win the final stanza to improve to 3-0 while Ardrey Kell dropped to 2-1.
Vanderhorst collected 14 kills (.345), 8 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces and Katja Ehlers tallied 12 kills and 12 digs. Kati Smith piled up 35 assists, 3 kills, 2 aces and 5 digs and Holli Smith scooped up a team-high 15 digs. Tiana Butler had 8 kills (.538), 2 blocks and 6 digs and Grace Youngblood each recorded 2 kills. Alden Willis added 6 digs.
Maddie Sweeney and Brianna Dellosa led the Knights with 5 kills each, Ella Duggan had a match-high 19 digs and Chanise Taylor dished out 11 assists. Sweeney also chipped in 7 assists and 3 blocks for the hosts.
Broughton hosts Athens Drive the Wednesday with the JV match beginning at 4:30.
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