Lady Raiders fall to Princeton in home opener

Danny McDowell Sports Writer

August 22, 2013

The Midway Lady Raiders began their home volleyball season Wednesday with a loss to their longtime rivals from Princeton. The big difference is now it is a 2A versus 1A rivalry. The 1A team dominated Midway in 3 straight sets.

The home team fell behind early trailing 8-4 before cutting the deficit to 2 at 11-9. They would get no closer, with the Princeton lead growing to 24-14 before having to hold off a Raider comeback. The Lady Bulldogs took game one with a score of 25-19.

The Lady Raiders were down 6-0 before getting a point in game 2. Kelsey Pondo had a solid kill and setter Amber Poole’s strong serves put Midway within 5 at 15-10, but Princeton cruised from that point winning 25-12.

Game 3 was more of the same. After spotting the visitors a 12-6 lead, the serves and net play of Hannah Hubbard closed the gap to 16-13. The Raiders were unable to get any closer and lost the 25-18.

The Lady Raiders fall to 0-2. They will play a rematch at Princeton on Monday.

“We are beating ourselves right now,” remarked Midway head coach Jennifer Naylor. “We have to get the correct mentality and focus coming into the ballgames. And we’ve got to believe in ourselves. I wish the girls believed half as much in themselves as coach (Beth) Best and I believe in them, because we would be phenomenal. They’ve just got to get their mentality right.”