Clinton hosted Smithfield-Selma for non-conference volleyball matches on Monday afternoon at Clinton High School. The Lady Horses seemed to be going through the motions for the biggest part of the match, but were able to come away victorious in the end, sweeping the Lady Spartans 3-0 in the Varsity match and 2-0 in the JV match.
Clinton blew past the Lady Spartans 25-13 in the first set and kept their foot on the gas in the second set winning 25-19. The Lady Horses seemed ready to get to dinner early when they opened up an 9-2 lead in the third set before they seemed to start sleep walking.
Clinton committed several unforced errors that allowed Smithfield-Selma to climb back into the third set, tying the score at 15-15. The set volleyed back and forth with each team holding a one point lead until Clinton called a time out with the score knotted at 20-20. Coming out of the timeout Clinton took five straight points to put the match away by a score of 25-20.
After the match Clinton head coach Jennifer Edgerton commented on her team’s uninspired play, saying, “we played flat tonight, we were not talking on the court, we let too many balls drop. We have to improve on this, we start conference play on Thursday and we can’t play like this and expect it to go well.”
The Lady Horses were led by Francesca Juaregui with 9 service points, 5 spikes, 4 digs, 2 kills, an ace and a block. Corey Spell was consistent for Clinton adding 6 service points, 6 spikes, 5 blocks, 5 tips, and 5 digs. Jamie Jones had 6 digs, 6 service points, 6 tips, and two spikes. Madison Mitchell pitched in with 4 service points with 3 aces, 8 spikes and 5 digs. Jessica Hamilton added 5 service points with 2 aces, and 2 digs.
The win over Smithfield-Selma improves Clinton’s record to 5-0 on the season. Clinton travels to Harrells Christian Academy on Tuesday for their last non-conference match before hosting Pender on Thursday in Four County Conference play.
The JV Lady Horses also polished off the JV Lady Spartans in straight sets, taking the first set 25-9 and closing out their match with a 25-20 win in the second.