Hobbton’s JV girls kicked off their volleyball season Tuesday afternoon in grand fashion, sweeping Goldsboro 2-0, but the varsity, returning to the court minus many of its starters, had a more difficult time, falling 0-3.
Playing in Wildcat country, the JV took Goldsboro to task, winning in 2, 25-10, 25-9.
“Our third rotation was very strong,” said Hobbton coach Russell Jones. “We reeled off 10 points both times we came around in that spot..
Jones touted the play of Madalyn Roesh who, he said, served in that rotation and did a “pretty good job” for the team.
The JV is 1-0 on the young season and faced Clinton Wednesday afternoon in a 4:30 match. Those scores weren’t available before press time.
Hobbton’s varsity girls couldn’t quite muster the play of their JV counterparts Tuesday, falling to Goldsboro in 3 — 25-11, 25-22 and 25-19.
Jones attributed a lot of their early problems on the loss of many of last year’s starters. “We lost a lot of players, and the girls we have aren’t used to carrying the burden. Now they’ve got to step up. We were pretty shell-shocked to start with, but we settled down in the second and third and did a better job.”
In fact, Hobbton’s girls held the lead in the second and third matches, but, Jones said, just came up a little short.
“We had some highlights, some good plays here and there, but we’ve got to learn that we have to be consistent, doing that for all 6 rotations,” Jones said.
The Lady Wildcats are 0-1 and played the Lady Horses of Clinton Wednesday. Scores from that game were not available at press time.