Lady Raiders cruise

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer

Midway’s Maddie Royal smashes one of her kills.

The Midway volleyball team got their 2016 season under way, hosting the Lady Gators from Spring Creek on Monday night. After getting off to slow and rugged start, the Lady Raiders quickly pulled themselves together and cruised to a 3-0 sweep over the visitors.

Spring Creek would open the first set by scoring the first three points. Midway, however, responded with a little rally of their own, reeling off four points in a row to claim a 4-3 lead. Each team would then trade scores before the Lady Raiders finally opened up a 14-10 lead, forcing a Spring Creek timeout.

Midway came out of the timeout unscathed and would build their lead, pushing the score to 22-13 ahead of another Spring Creek timeout.

After the timeout, Midway scored the next two points to end the first set, winning 25-13.

In the first set, Midway was led by Maddie Royal with six points on seven serve attempts,three aces, two kills, and one dig.

In the second set, Midway picked right back up where they left off, starting things off with a 5-0. That lead would grow to scores of 9-3 and 13-4 and would each lead to a pair of Spring Creek timeouts. Midway eventually won the set 25-14 to claim a 2-0 set lead.

Autumn Byrd led Midway in the second set, scoring six points on eight 8 serve attempts and four aces. Royal also turned in another solid set, recording two points and an ace on four serve attempts.

The third frame began a lot like the first, each team trading points before the Lady Raiders pulled away a bit, opening up a 14-8 lead, prompting another Spring Creek timeout. After sitting on game point for quite some time, Spring Creek served the ball out of bounds for the game’s final point, giving Midway the 25-18 set win and 3-0 match win.

Hannah Lucas led Midway in the third set, recording five points and four aces on sever serve attempts and two digs. Byrd had four points, all aces, on five serve attempts. Leah Williams recorded three points and two aces on six serve attempts.

“We played very well today,” head coach, Whitney Lamb, asserted. “I was very impressed with all of our players. They played like a solid team,” she continued.

Going forward, Coach Lamb admits there are still some areas the team can focus on improving.

“We missed a fair amount of serves today, which are some things we can control, those are unforced errors,” she stated. “So, cleaning up our serving is definitely something we want to work on,” Lamb concluded.

The Lady Raiders will have a couple days of practice before returning to action on Thursday when they travel to take on Rosewood.

Midway’s Maddie Royal smashes one of her kills.’s Maddie Royal smashes one of her kills.

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

Melony Henderson can be reached at or 910-376-2127.

Melony Henderson can be reached at or 910-376-2127.

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