The Lady Leopards are still perfect this season despite a spunky Wildcat team set on ending Lakewood’s string of victories. The final score of the four-set game were 25-19, 25-12, 21-25, and 25-13.
In the first game, the score was back and forth with Lakewood leading most of the game, but Hobbton never fell back more than 2 points until they knotted it up at 19. Then Lakewood went on the attack with some hard hits, good serves, and a key block that moved the team up 6 points for the win.
The second game was a quick win for the Leopards, but the Wildcats weren’t ready to call it a night and battled back in the third game. Hobbton took the lead when the score was 10-11 and held on for the win with some great serves by Casey Hobbs.
The Leopards moved into a 7-point lead to start the fourth game, and despite some sensational volleys that kept the ball in the air for several minutes at a time, Lakewood managed to be on the winning end when the ball finally hit the floor.
Teisha Rich led the Leopards with 19 service points, 5 aces, and 15 kill shots. Allyson Heniz had 14 service points and 38 assists. Bailey Dudley scored 14 service points; 5 kills, and 3 blocks; Morgan Herring, 14 kills; Jache Servance, 13 service points and 7 kills; Rashyda Parker, 5 kills; and Katie Stewart, 11 service points.
Leopard head coach Sheila Davidson said she saw some good play and some areas in need of improvement as far as her team was concerned. “The varsity looked super in some areas, but in some aspects we just looked like we were there. We’ve got to put the foot on the gas in the third set and not give it up after winning the first two,” she stated. “Our serve-receive was good at certain points, but No. 21 (Casey Hobbs) had our number,” Coach Davidson added.
Hobbs led the Wildcats with 7 aces, 4 kill shots, and 1 block; Taylor Bowden, 2 aces, 2 kills, and 12 assists; Marcy McLamb, 3 kills, and 1 assists; Michaela Wilson, 1 ace and 8 kills; McKenna Smith, 7 kills, 1 ace, and 2 assists; Courtney Phipps, 1 kill; and Ray Ann Eldridge, 1 ace.
Hobbton head coach Russell Jones was pleased with the way his team played. “I thought our girls played really well. We got a good run in during the third game. I’m proud of the way they played,” he said.
The varsity Wildcats are 1-4 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
The young Leopards put away the Wildcats in two games, 25-3 and 25-13.
Leading the stats for Lakewood’s junior varsity was Allysa Horne with 17 service points and 8 aces; Alea Parker, 7 service points and 4 aces; Emily Lewis, 8 service points and 11 assists; Rashyda Parker with 5 service points and 6 kills; and Kiara Rich, 4 kills.
For the Wildcats, Haley Matthews had 1 ace; JoAnna Hinson, 1 ace and 1 kill; Melissa Gallegos, 2 kills; and Madison Bauser, 1 assist.
“The JV did well tonight coming back after the loss against Clinton yesterday. They played well tonight,” Coach Davidson said.
Lakewood travels to Pender Thursday for what may prove to be their toughest match yet, since the Patriots are also undefeated this season. The winner of that game will lead the conference. Hobbton will host Wallace on Thursday.