Leopards get sweep for third win in opening week


By Chris Froat - froatc@gmail.com



Ally Royal goes for a kill in Lakewood’s win against North Brunswick Thursday night.


Lakewood High varsity volleyball team won in straight sets against North Brunswick on Thursday in a non-conference match marking Lakewood’s third match inside a week — all victories.

It was a hard-fought game with talent being shown on both sides of the court. Lakewood won every set on convincing fashion, 25-16, 25-12 and 25-17.

“This was the third game for us this week — this was probably the best game for us, putting it all together” explained head coach Sheila Davidson following the match. “We served more aggressively tonight, got a few aces, missed a few more serves because we tried to serve aggressive, but that’s OK. That’s what I wanted to do, develop a more aggressive serving game.”

“Our serve receive was amazing. Once your serve receives and your first touch is there then you open three options as hitters instead of just one. I thought our servicing was much better,” Davidson continued. “I knew they had big hitters and I knew our short game needed to come into play, meaning we had to serve and serve receive. We played those quick points well and then I knew we could possibly compete with them.”

Davidson had only more good things to say about her team’s performance.

“I thought my middle hitters NiDaria Powell and Tamia Rich were getting more comfortable, which is what I want to see at this time in the season,” the coach said. “I like how we’re putting all the pieces of the puzzle together tonight.”

Davidson said her team has been “working really hard doing non-mandatory workouts, camps, individual camps, extra camps … they played on the beach and they travel together.”

“That’s what it takes — touching the volleyball as much as possible. So I’m just proud of the time they put into it because that shows in game time,” she said.

Lakewood will play Midway in a home game at 4:30 p.m. Monday

Ally Royal goes for a kill in Lakewood’s win against North Brunswick Thursday night.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Royal.jpgAlly Royal goes for a kill in Lakewood’s win against North Brunswick Thursday night.

By Chris Froat

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