The Lady Raiders volleyball team was to take on the Farmville Central Lady Jags on Saturday in the third round after defeating North Pitt on Thursday in second round action.
Although it once again took four sets for Midway to get the victory, the Lady Raiders looked much more like a tough, undefeated team.
After a close battle to begin the match, Midway slowly started inching away. Mackenzie Chavis provided solid serving for her team as the Lady Raiders built a 13-6 lead to force a Lady Panthers timeout. Out of the timeout, Midway extended its lead to 19-10 before securing the first set, 25-13 to take the 1-0 set lead.
Midway’s impressive play continued in the second set as the Lady Raiders once again gained some separation over North Pitt. After leading 13-8, Midway pushed that lead to 17-9 after an impressive block by Rachel Hodges. Midway extended that lead even more when the Raiders made it 20-10. A slight slip allowed the Lady Panthers to gain some life, but Midway would go on to close the set 25-16.
Faced with elimination, North Pitt provided a little bit of a flashback to Wednesday night for the Lady Raiders, as the Lady Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead to force a Raiders timeout. Midway slowly recovered, pulling back to within one point on several occasions throughout the match, but never could get over the hurdle until late. Midway finally claimed the lead at 21-20, but North Pitt doubled down and won the set 25-22 to pull back to within 2-1.
North Pitt could do no more damage as Midway returned to form in the fourth set, establishing a lead early and stretching it out through to the end. The Lady Raiders would claim the fourth set 25-16 to win the match 3-1.
After the game, Midway head coach Whitney Lamm was much more pleased with her teams performance in the second round.
“We played much better than Wednesday night. We really worked to clean up or serving and hitting errors and we were not in the net nearly as much,” she said.
Midway was led by Leah Williams who had 20 digs and 10 serve points. Mackenzie Chavis had 14 serve points and 10 assists. Alyssa Wrench had 13 kills and Autumn Byrd had 13 serve points and 11 assist.
Midway was to travel on Saturday to take on Farmville Central, who finished tied with North Pitt for first place the Eastern Plains Conference.