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CREEDMOOR — “We were a bit intimidated in the fifth set,” South Granville coach Abby Hooker said after the 3-2 loss to Wakefield in volleyball on Aug. 28.
“We played well the first four sets and we just did not finish. We are too afraid of making a bad hit or serving the ball out. We just have to relax and play our game,” Hooker said.
The Lady Vikings took control of the first set early with DeYonna Brodie firing off an ace and Nadia Scott tallying three kills for a 9-3 lead. South Granville picked up points on unforced errors and a cross court kill by Nicolette Thompson for a 13-5 lead.
Wakefield called a timeout to regroup. The strategy worked as Bailey Burgess powered the ball over the net for a point.
South Granville had a 20-8 lead but allowed Wakefield to get back in the match with Sarah Wilson slamming home a kill. Burgess continued to help the Lady Wolverines rally with strategically placed hits, but Nadia Scott’s play at the net help South Granville win the first set by a 25-15 margin.
Simone Barlow served an ace to give Wakefield a 4-0 lead in the second set. Nadia Scott drilled a ball to the deep right corner to stop the Lady Wolverines from running away with the set.
The tides began to turn in favor of the Lady Vikings when Barlow was carried off the court with an ankle injury. South Granville rallied to tie the score at 9-all on an ace by Nadia Scott.
The teams matched points until the score was tied at 23. Burgess had a tremendous kill to give Wakefield a one point lead and an unforced error handed the second set to the Lady Wolverines by a 25-23 margin.
The battle was on in the third set with Wilson for Wakefield and Nadia Scott for South Granville swinging away at the net until the Lady Vikings had a 15-12 lead.
Wakefield called a timeout to discuss a strategy to stop the Lady Vikings. Wakefield became more aggressive at the net with Abby Lung scoring a kill to slow the South Granville run.
The Lady Vikings continued to call Nadia Scott’s number at the net with South Granville closing in on the set win. Wakefield was called for a double hit, giving the Lady Vikings a 25-19 win in the third set.
South Granville had a 2-1 set lead going into the fourth set.
Wakefield opened up a 6-2 lead on a block by Sophie Eboigbodin, but the lead did not last long as the Lady Vikings rallied behind kills by Nadia Scott, Brodie and Marci Brown.
Burgess once again delivered a kill shot to give Wakefield a 12-11 lead and slow down South Granville. The teams battled with Eboigbodin rattling the net with a drop shot for a Wakefield score.
Slowly the Lady Wolverines began to pull away, with Kamryn Earle serving an ace for a 22-17 lead over the Lady Vikings. South Granville could not get back on track and Wakefield won the fourth set by a 25-18 margin.
The final set was all Wakefield with Wilson serving an ace, Celine Malosa throwing up a block, Burgess slamming a kill and the Lady Vikings committing several unforced errors. The Lady Wolverines captured the final set with a 15-6 score and won the match.
“We learned a lot from this match,” Hooker said. “We have to learn to finish and play the entire match.”
Wakefield statistics: Simone Barlow (one ace, one block and three digs), Sophie Eboigbodin (10 kills, three aces, one block, 10 digs and 14 assists), Ashleigh Ziegler (two digs), Kamyrn Earle (one ace, 19 digs and six assists), Kaylee Jacobs (two kills, one ace and four digs), Katie Wakefield (one kill and five digs), Theresa Van Burik (nine digs), Abby Lung (five kills and five digs), Celine Malosa (two aces, three blocks and three digs), Bailey Burgess (10 kills, one ace, two blocks and 17 digs) and Sarah Wilson (10 kills, three aces, one block, eight digs and 15 assists).
South Granville has not posted statistics from the match.