Clinton’s Lady Dark Horses came calling on Midway’s girls volleyball teams Monday afternoon, but the Raiders — JV and varsity — sent the visitors back to Clinton with the wins they’d hoped for.
Although Midway won both matches, coach Heather Johnson said the girls still had a ways to go before they were utilizing the talents they had.
“We’ve still got to get a lot better,” Johnson stressed after the game. “We got the wins, but I really believe we can play better than we’re playing right now.”
The JV Raider girls swept Clinton 25-22, 25-22.
Leading the way for the younger Midway girls was Kelsey Pondo, 5 kills and 7 straight service points; Brianna Butler, 6 kills and 1 block; Hannah Hubbard, 5 kills, 3 aces and 6 straight service points; and Amber Poole, 8 assists and 1 hit.
Although the JV Horses fell in two sets, coach Jennifer Miller said she didn’t think her team played a bad game.
“They didn’t really do a bad job; Midway was just good. They didn’t make any mistakes and we had one here and there. It’s hard to beat a team that doesn’t have any mistakes,” Miller said.
Leading the way for Clinton ‘s JV, Miller said, was Dayna DeNaddis who had 7 kills in the game.
The varsity girls didn’t sweep their Clinton opponents, but they won the match 3-1. Score by set was 25-19, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-17.
Jada Cannady had 7 kills, 2 aces; Jennifer Blackmon, 4 kills, 2 aces and 9 straight service points; Farrah Jackson, 4 kills, 8 straight service points; Harley Bass, 4 kills, 2 blocks; Elizabeth McCullen, 11 assists; and Kaitlyn Jackson, 7 assists.
Johnson, though happy with the win, isn’t satisfied with the level of play. She blamed part of that on nerves.
“We aren’t communicating the way we need to, and we’re not showing the emotion I want to see from these girls. It will come; a lot of that is because they’re still nervous. Once they get the nervousness out of their system, I think we’ll see even better play,” the coach attested.
Miller said her varsity girls were out of rhythm against the home-playing Raiders. “We weren’t playing with any instinct, and that hurt us.”
For the Lady Horses, Tiandra Johnson, Miller said, had a good game. “She played well at the net, and she led the team in kills.”
The wins move both the JV and varsity Raider records to 1-1.
They return to the court Wednesday when they host South Johnston. The JV game begins at 4:30 p.m.
Clinton moves to 2-2 overall. They will host Wallace-Rose Hill Tuesday, with games beginning at 4:30 pm.