Midway and Clinton met up on the volleyball court for the second time this season on Thursday for more conference action. Round two went much like the first meeting as the Lady Raiders shook off early jitters to down Clinton in straight sets.
The Lady Dark Horses kept things exciting throughout the first set as a fired up Clinton squad maintained the lead much of the way. The Dark Horses consistently led by two to three points as Midway struggled to clean up their errors.
The Lady Raiders finally tied things up at 16-16 but Clinton scored the next two points to make it 18-16 and force a Midway timeout. Back and forth it went until the game was once again tied at 20-20. Midway finally grabbed their first lead of the set after a tough volley that saw big saves by both teams – with the ball falling just inside the line, Midway led 21-20 to force a Clinton timeout.
The Dark Horses tied it back up once more at 21-21 but the Raiders went on to win the set 25-21 to make it 1-0.
The next two sets were mostly all Midway as the Lady Raiders put their feet on the gas in set number two. They quickly opened up an 8-2 lead to prompt a Clinton timeout. Out of the timeout, Midway continued their strong play as the lead stretched to 14-3. The Dark Horses didn’t go down quietly, but the Raiders certainly weren’t interested in any comeback attempts and went on to win the set 25-13.
The two teams battled it out evenly in the final set until Midway pulled away at 11-5. They maintained that five point cushion throughout the remainder of the set and went on to win the game as Erin Barefoot secured the game winning point on an ace.
“Every girl impacted the game on a positive note and any errors made, the other players were picking them up on and off the bench,” said Midway coach Brandy Wrench. “We had some bad serves in the first set and had to adjust that for the next two sets. So ending the third with an ace from Erin Barefoot was great to see and had the whole bench on their feet.”
“Clinton had some great net plays that really made us work harder for the win, but games like that are worth all the long hours put into practice. I’m proud of these girls,” Wrench concluded.
With the win, Midway improves to 13-2 overall and 9-0 in the East Central 2A Conference. They are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to take on East Duplin.
For Clinton, they drop to 8-9 overall and and 5-3 in the conference. They are back in action on Monday, hosting West Bladen.
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