The Sampson County volleyball season is in full swing as the Clinton Dark Horses and Lakewood Leopards were both on the road in their recent games. Lakewood’s varsity and JV continuted their strong play, while Clinton would drop a tri-match on the road.
The Leopards found success on the road as both the JV and varsity dominated in their games against North Brunswick.
“We played extremely well against North Brunswick. The varsity won in three straight sets and I thought they did well to bounce back after the loss to Midway. The JV won in two straight sets. I’m really impressed with them as they move to 5-0 this season,” said Lakewood head coach Shelia Davidson.
Davidson made some varsity defensive and serving changes for the match, which seemed to work for the Leopards.
“We changed the defense for the Brunswick game; we moved some people around and the girls really seem to like it and our serve receive was much better than it was against Midway,” said Davidson.
Lakewood had a host of players that contributed to the win. Anna Beth Averette led the Leopards with 11 kills and two aces. Ally Royal had eight kills and eight digs; Krislyn Bullard had 26 assists; and Brianna Wheeler had two aces and 10 digs. Additionally, NiDaria Powell tallied five kills and two blocks; Gracey Godbold had four kills; Grace Hairr amassed six digs; and Peyton Crumpler notched seven kills, two aces and six digs.
“I’m excited about how my team is playing so far as we keep getting better and better,” said Davidson.
The varsity improves to 4-1 and will host James Kenan on Monday.
The Horses lost two matches as they played in a tri-match that involved Cape Fear and Triton High.
“We had a couple of tough matches on the road as we had to play both Cape Fear and Triton. Unfortunately we would lose both matches 3-0, so we’ve still got a lot to work on,” said Clinton head coach Jennifer Edgerton.
The Horses played Cape Fear in close in two of three sets.
“We ended up losing the the first two sets to Cape Fear by only three points as the scores were 25-22 in both sets — then that third set we lost 25-12. However, we keep fighting back hard, but by the time we got close again it was already to late,” said Edgerton.
They had similar outcomes in their matches against Triton, 25-16 and 25-18.
“We started off hot and fought back when we were down, just like we did against Cape Fear but we just fell apart,” said Edgerton.
The Horses will play their first conference match on the road Tuesday against James Kenan.
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