The Leopards came away perfect Wednesday after beating the Spartans in a volleyball match that was rescheduled from Tuesday due to potentially bad weather.
Lakewood’s junior varsity won in two games; 25-17 and 25-21. With this win, they maintain their first place status in the conference, having lost only one game all season, and that was in a non-conference game against 2A Clinton.
The varsity won in three straight games — 25-13, 25-9, and 25-20. The Lakewood varsity is second in the conference behind Pender, who is undefeated.
A disappointed Union head coach Dana Strickland was not in the mood to comment after the match on Wednesday.
“I’d rather not say anything. If I can’t say anything good, then I don’t want to say anything at all,” she said.
Coach Strickland didn’t mind answering a few questions, though, and admitted that she had seen both her JV and varsity Spartans play much better than what they showed in Leopard country Wednesday.
“We struggled with passing. To set up any kind of plays we’ve got to have good passing,” she stressed.
“Usually JV has good controlled passes and I didn’t see much of that tonight, and it showed. The varsity struggled with their passes the whole time. We ended up playing defense and not being able to put them (Lakewood) on defense,” she added.
On the other side of the court, an elated Leopard head coach Sheila Davidson was very pleased with the way her Leopards played.
“It was a great JV game. We’ve only got one loss on the season and with this win we are first all by ourselves in the conference. Our varsity is second behind Pender,” she explained.
Coach Davidson was especially happy with the effort all the girls put into their game play.
“I’m proud of how hard the girls played. When you play hard you’re allowed to make mistakes. Aggressive mistakes are okay. When you’re hesitant and you make a mistake that’s when you’re not playing well, so I told them to make aggressive mistakes,” said.
“The varsity started out slow and (Union) got the momentum. We just weren’t playing our game at first, but finally our hits started to connect and we looked great,” she added.
Lakewood assistant coach Shawn Williams collected the stats for the Leopards. For the junior varsity, Emily Lewis had 9 assists and 8 service points; Allysa Horne, 6 service points, 2 kills; Rashyda Parker, 6 service points, 2 kills; Aleah Parker, 9 service points, 2 aces; Bianca Boone, 8 service points, and 2 aces; Kiara Rich, 6 service points, 8 kills, and 2 blocks.
For varsity, Amanda Kook had 13 service points and 21 assists; Morgan Herring, 12 service points, 9 kills; Bailey Dudley, 13 service points, 4 kills, Jache Servance, 8 service points; Teisha Rich, 6 service points, 3 aces; Katie Stewart, 10 service points, 3 aces; Rashyda Parker, 7 kills.
Union did not have a record of their stats.
Today at 4:30 p.m., the Leopards will host Wallace-Rose Hill and the Spartans will host James Kenan.
All the varsity Leopards work purple ribbons in their hair in a show of sympathy for their fellow teammate Allyson Heinz, whose aunt died unexpectedly over the weekend. Purple is Allyson’s favorite color.