Last updated: August 28. 2014 10:01PM - 367 Views
By David Johnson Sports Writer

Kaylee Matthews gets a kill in the James Kenan volleyball match. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
Kaylee Matthews gets a kill in the James Kenan volleyball match. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
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The Hobbton Wildcat JV volleyball team got another win Thursday against James Kenan. The final was 2-1, Hobbton.

In the opening set, Alana Rhodes served 17 straight points, including 5 aces, before giving up the serve. The Wildcats went on to take the game 25-8. In the second game, James Kenan found their game and kept it close throughout winning 25-21. In the third game, Hobbton got their act together and dominated the Tigers again taking that game 25-9 and the match.

Russell Jones, volleyball coach, said, “We got some good serves in the third game, something I’m trying to get the varsity to do. We had to go through 7 rotations to get the win but we weren’t 1-and done. I’m proud of the JV. That puts them 2-0 in the conference and 4-0 overall.”

The varsity lost 3-1 after taking the first game 25-12. James Kenan came back taking the next 3 games25-21, 25-22, and 25-18 for the match.

Jones continued, “We played really well in the first game. In her second time around, Melissa Gallegos served 14 points giving us the win. We did everything right in that run, no mistakes. We traded runs during the game. Near the end we were up 21-20 and they got 5 straight points for the game. The third game was close, back and forth, back and forth but we got beat 25-22. Kaylee Matthews got a good serve run of 6 points to get us back in the game but Kenan got a couple more points to take it. I was proud, they fought back. They did some good things.

“In the last game, we gave up 6 on a run early on. We, then, traded points the rest of the game. We’d get 1, they’d get 2. We’d get 3 and they’d get 4 all the way to the end. The difference was the 6-point early run. That’s been our season so far. We give up a run or two and couldn’t recover. I was pleased with the way they played. They played together all the way through.”

The Wildcats play again September 3 at Princeton and September 4 hosting North Duplin.

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