After another impressive victory over 1A power Rosewood on Monday, and a strong performance at the UNC-Pembroke Black and Gold Invitational on Saturday, the Midway Lady Raiders appeared to be a little flat versus South Johnston on Tuesday.
Midway had competed with 9 other schools in the Pembroke tournament, winning 10 of 12 sets. Sophomore libero Leah Williams was named to the All Tournament team.
But, the home team struggled on Tuesday. They kept the Lady Trojans within striking distance during most of the match, but still lost in straight sets.
The first game was 25-15. The Lady Raiders spotted the team from Four Oaks an 11-5 lead, but cut it to 14-11 moments later. Midway took a timeout trailing 20-14, but could not get any closer.
In game 2, a Brittany Watson kill gave the Lady Raiders a 5-4 lead, but South Johnston was up16-14 as it entered crunch time. The guests dominated the final volleys to win 25-17.
The final set saw Midway put up a fight only to come up on the short end, 25-15.
“South Johnston has a great program,” asserted Midway head coach Jennifer Naylor, “we’re looking to play competitive teams out of conference so we continue to get better. Tonight, we did not compete like I wanted us to compete. I don’t know if we were tired from all the games we played on Saturday and Monday, but we didn’t have our heads here tonight.”
For Midway, freshman Alyssa Wrench had 6 blocks. Savannah Spell and Hannah Lucas had 5 kills a piece. Autumn Byrd provided 18 assists.
Midway junior varsity lost 2 sets to 1. The fall to 2-1.
The varsity Raiders, 4-2, will host Lakewood on Thursday at 6 p.m.