The Hobbton Wildcats beat the Lady Spartans in straight sets as Union played their third match in four days. The Spartans just couldn’t seem to get in the groove in Thursday’s match against a Hobbton team that was deadset on getting its first victory.
In the first set of the match the Spartans were led by the strong serving game of Lindsey Ammons, but the Wildcats still pulled out the game with a 25-17 victory.
In set two, the Spartans fought hard but fell short again by a score of 25-15.
The Spartans started out on fire in the third set, taking a 7-1 lead on the serves of Ammons and Hannah Smith. Hobbton cooled off the Union hot streak and came back to tie the game at 15. The score stayed close for the rest of the set, but the Wildcats pulled it out with a 25-21 victory to take the match.
Ariana Bell finished with four kills, and Roxie Long and Nikya Owens finishing with two kills each.
“We just were not at our best,” said Spartans coach Blake Travers. “I thought the intensity was there but we just couldn’t get into a rhythm to really go on a good run. We had lots of errors but it is my job to help clean up those mistakes in practice.”
“Not to take anything away from Hobbton, they played a really sound game,” Travers remarked.
From the Wildcats side of the court, Kameron Lee led with nine aces and Sarah Daughtry was behind her with four aces. Kills leaders were Arianna Corbett, who had four, and Laken Stewart, who had two.
“We finally came out as a team,” said Wildcats coach Victoria Reynolds. “We communicated, passed and set well, but the biggest thing we did was that we were getting our serves right. When we do that, everything else just falls into place and it looks like we’re starting to find our groove.”
Union’s next game will be Tuesday at Rosewood. The Spartans will be on their home court again on Wednesday against Pender.
Hobbton gets its first win of the season and is now 1-7 they’ll look to build off this win as they play Princeton in a home conference game on Tuesday.
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