Hobbton’s girls traveled across the county to face Union’s Lady Spartans Wednesday afternoon, with the two Sampson teams splitting wins — Union’s JV got the sweep 25-6, 25-11 and Hobbton’s varsity returned the favor, sweeping the home team 15-25; 19-25; 12-25.
“I thought our JV played really well today (Wednesday), said Union coach Dana Strickland. “They are getting better and better with every game.”
Strickland said the younger Spartan girls were working like a team, communicating well and setting plays the way they are supposed to. “I am very pleased with their performance and the way they are improving.”
Hobbton’s coach wasn’t as thrilled with his team, noting that they were flat the moment they stepped onto the Union court.
“Union did a great job; I don’t believe they missed a serve in that first set, and we just didn’t have our feet underneath us,” said Russell Jones.
Individual stats for the JV ‘Cats showed Kaley Matthews with 1 ace; Haley Martinez with 1 ace and Melisssa Galegaos, 1 kill.
Hobbton’s record moves to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The JV Spartans are now 6-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
In the varsity game, it was a sweep as well, but this time it was the visitors who got the W. Hobbton won in three, and Jones said he was “tickled to death” with the victory.
“I thought they did a good job,” Jones said of his Wildcat girls. “They were a little sharper and overall played pretty well. We got plays at critical times. Union would make a big play but we’d come right back and stop the rally.”
Jones said the varsity just needed to learn how to finish. “That’s part of the learning curve; they’ll get there, ” he said.
Strickland, on the other hand, said she was at a loss over the varsity Spartan girls play. “We just don’t have it together and, to top it off, tonight, we had one of our crucial players out sick. We were struggling anyway, but that just made it worse.
“We couldn’t come together and get the job done. Nothing we did was working.”
Individually for the varsity ‘Cats, Taylor Bowden had 3 aces, 12 assists; Marcie McLamb had 1 kill; Casey Hobbs, 1 ace, 7 kills and 2 blocks; Michaela Wilson, 8 aces, 5 kills; Courtney Phipps, 1 ace, 1 kill; McKenna Smith, 3 kills; and RayAnn Eldridge, 4 aces.
Hobbton’s varsity record moves to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in conference. The Lady Spartans move to 2-7 in overall and 0-3 in conference.
Both teams play again Thursday. Union travels to Wallace and Hobbton takes on Trask.