The Midway Lady Raiders hosted Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday and came back to win a thriller. Following a disputed in bounds call, the home team regrouped to win the match 3 games to 2.
The visitors won the first set 25-21. Midway responded with a solid win in game 2, 25-14. The Lady Bulldogs came back to claim the 3rd set 25-21.
After a 9-9 tie in game 4, the Lady Raiders took off. Wallace Rose-Hill called a time out facing a 19-14 deficit. That did not break the Midway momentum, and Brittany Watson went on to serve out the frame, 25-14.
The 5th set was what a 5th sets are supposed to be. It was close, hard-fought and contentious. Midway was at match point with a 14-10 lead. The Lady Bulldogs fought back and went up 16-15, and were at match point themselves.
It was at that time that a disputed in bounds call switched the Wallace-Rose Hill jubilation to the off position. A student line judge had made the call which would have ended the match in favor of the Lady Bulldogs. The referees, however, decided to replay the point.
The Lady Raiders scored 3 straight to win 18-16.
“We knew it was going to be competitive,” attested Midway head coach Jennifer Naylor. “We knew this would be a deciding factor in our playoffs. This was the first time we had gone to a 5th set, and we finished it out. We had great team effort. We played confident.
We communicated and it went our way.”
Autumn Byrd provided 28 assists, while Watson led the home team with 11 kills.
Midway improves to 8-3 in Four County Conference play and 12-10 overall. They will travel to Heide Trask on Tuesday before coming home for Senior Night next Thursday versus West Bladen. The Lady Bulldogs are also 8-3 in the conference. They are 12-5 overall.
The Midway junior varsity won their match 2-1. They remain undefeated in conference play. Coach Naylor praised the play of Abbie Gillis, Rachel Hodges, and Laura Person. Person led the Raiders with 14 service points.