Wildcats volleyball falls to James Kenan


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Hobbton’s DeLaney Thornton returns the ball.


Hobbton’s Sarah Suggs sets the ball for a return.


The Lady Hobbton Wildcats played well in Tuesday’s nights game, but didn’t come away with a win as they fell to James Kenan, 3-1.

Though the Wildcats lost, they played the Tigers pretty close in each set. The Tigers would win the first set 20-25 before Hobbton turned it around in the second set, 25-22. However, James Kenan would win the final two sets 23-25 and 19-25, closing out the victory.

Hobbton’s head volleyball coach Victoria Reynolds said communication, along with serving, were keys in their loss and areas that need improvement.

“We have got to work on our communication and calling the ball,” said Reynolds. “When we’ve got two or three people running into each other because they’re not talking, then communication definitely needs work. Our serving wasn’t the greatest either. If I remember correctly, we had at least 15 serving errors, which is why it’s something that needs to be worked on.”

Being a new coach as Reynolds is brings about its own difficulties, but she has taken a hands-on approach with her team to ensure they believe in her philosophy for victory.

“One of the things I do to get my team to believe in my system is I get out there and play with them,” said Reynolds. “I do spike D drills with them in practice and in pre-game warm-ups. This shows them that if I can adapt and spike against other teams in this style offense, then it works and they’ll be more likely to believe in the system that way.”

Even in defeat, Reynolds highlighted a couple players that played well for the Wildcats.

“We didn’t have anyone that had a breakout game, but Arianna Cordett played really well all night and DeLaney Thornton did well at serving whenever we had some good ones,” said Reynolds.

The Wildcats were to travel Wednesday to face off against Goldsboro.

Hobbton’s DeLaney Thornton returns the ball.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_DeLaney-Thornton.jpgHobbton’s DeLaney Thornton returns the ball.

Hobbton’s Sarah Suggs sets the ball for a return.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Sarah-Suggs.jpgHobbton’s Sarah Suggs sets the ball for a return.

By Michael Hardison

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