Leopards stomp N. Duplin, 3-0

By Chris Froat - Sports Writer
Ally Royal goes for the kill in Lakewood’s straight-sets win over North Duplin. -

Lakewood’s varsity volleyball team played their conference match against North Duplin and won a decisive victory, 3-0.

The team won the first two games of the set by a large amount only seeming to struggle in the final match where the score ended at 25-21.

“Championship is always one of our goals,” said Lakewood coach Shelia Davidson. “We’ve always had a winning environment. So, the girls know coming in, even from the feeder programs, they’re stepping into a program that likes to win and is respected. But, we also know any team that plays against us is after us, because that’s one of their goals is to beat us.”

For Lakewood, Krislyn Bullard had 27 assists and 4 aces, Anna Beth Averette earned 15 kills, Ally Royal tallied seven kills, NiDaria Powell had three kills, Addie Hawks had four digs and two aces, Madelyn Ammons scored seven aces and Brianna Wheeler had 10 digs.

“I only had four seniors this year so you can consider us pretty young,” Davidson further explained. “Because I have mostly juniors out there. Also, two freshmen — Gracey Godbold and Madelyn Ammons — were out there. So, two freshmen and four juniors and four seniors — so that’s always something we’re working toward.”

“We’ve just got to get to where we’re digging 90 percent of the balls coming at us,” Davidson continued. “So that’s mainly what we’re working on. Because we know that our offense will be there, we just need to make sure we give our offense more opportunities by digging more of the balls that are being served at us.”

Davidson has coached to championships before and seems confident her team can make it there this year.

With this victory, the Leopards are standing at 6-2 and the Leopards will play at Neuse Charter Tuesday.

Ally Royal goes for the kill in Lakewood’s straight-sets win over North Duplin.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Ally-Royal-NiDaria-Powell.jpgAlly Royal goes for the kill in Lakewood’s straight-sets win over North Duplin.

By Chris Froat

Sports Writer

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