The Leopards’ Thursday match against the Bulldogs was the last one of the conference and Lakewood went out with bang, remaining undefeated with another shutout win.
For the first match of the set, it was anyone’s game. It seemed one team would pull ahead only for the other to level out the field in the next minute. However, Lakewood finally pulled ahead by three points winning them the first set at 25-22.
“With our hitters, we we’re playing really aggressively,” said Coach Davidson. “It was nothing we were doing wrong but our balls were going in or out by inches. So, once we trusted more in our hits and passing we got them to consistently hit in by inches.”
The second set played out much the same way until the final half of it. Lakewood was initially behind 0-3 as they looked to be catching up Princeton would pull ahead again. However, Lakewood seemed to have hit their groove and soon had a 5-point lead.
There was a hiccup as the Leopards made a few mistakes that ended up giving points to their opponent. This resulted in a 21-19 score before Lakewood finally pushed through to win it.
The third set was rather straight forward with the Leopards soundly defeating the Bulldogs.
“The middles have improved,” Davidson added. “We were getting an average of about seven kills for the middle per game, and now we’re getting 20. With middle and right-side combined which this took a lot of pressure off our right side making us have a more three-dimensional play style. The girls have gotten better at communication and trusting me to pull out their weaknesses.”
Brianna Wheeler had three aces and 18 digs, Krislyn Bullard had three dig, Anna Beth Averette led with 13 kills, one ace, two digs and a block. Ally Royal was behind Averette with 10 kills, five digs and a block.
As for the rest of the Leopards NiDaria Powell had three kills and three blocks, Grace Hairr had a dig, Peyton Crumpler three kills and four digs, Lauren Jackson one ace with one dig and Gracey Godbold had a block.
The Leopards remain undefeated in the conference at 12-0 as they prepare for the playoffs.
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