Lakewood’s varsity girls took control early in Monday’s volleyball action and brought down the Lady Dark Horses in three games — 25-9, 25-16, 25-8.
Leopard Emily Lewis scored 5 unanswered service points to begin the match and it wasn’t long before Lakewood had a 10-point lead. Lewis served again at 17-7 and took the team to 23. Clinton added 2 to their score before Lakewood scored the final point for the 25-9 win.
In the second game, Lakewood jumped out to a big lead, but the Dark Horses managed to creep back to within 5 points due to several out-of-bounds shots by the Leopards. It wasn’t long before Lakewood came back with key serves and several hard digs for the 25-16 win.
In the third game, Clinton scored first and took their only lead of the match, but it only lasted for 2 points before Lakewood moved ahead and never looked back. Kiara Rich moved the Leopard team up 7 points with her serves and Lakewood took the game and match with a 25-8 final.
Rashyda Parker was named Player of the Game for the Leopards with 11 blocks, 9 kills, 9 points, 2 aces, and 4 digs. Other stats showed Alyssa Horne with 4 kills, 3 aces, and 5 points; Rich with 4 kills, 5 blocks, and 3 digs; Emily Lewis had 3 kills, 4 aces, and 4 digs; Amanda Cook, 3 aces, 10 assists; Bianca Boone, 2 kills, and 3 digs; and Anna Heinz with 5 digs.
Scoring for Clinton’s varsity were Maria Thornton, 5; Skyler Ray, 1; Jackie Parker, 1; Elizabeth Tsao, 4; and Tori Tyndall, 1.
Clinton is 0-1 on the young season; Lakewood is 1-0.
In the junior varsity game, Clinton won two close ones, 25-21 and 25-19.
Scoring for the Clinton JV were: Madison Mitchell,4; Sophia Owens, 2; Francesca Jaurequi,6; Emily Brown, 5; Jamie Jones, 8; and Jessica Hamilton,4.
For Lakewood, Aleah Parker had 3 kills and 2 blocks; Alana Jackson, 1 kill, and 5 aces; and Anna Heinz, 4 diggs, and 3 assists.
Clinton’s JV is 1-0; Lakewood is 0-1.
New Dark Horse coach Jennifer Edgerton had a long talk with her varsity team at the end of the match. Later she said, “We only go up from here. It’s our first non-conference game and we’re still looking forward to moving up and winning our conference this season.”
In speaking of what she liked and what she saw that needed improvement, Coach Edgerton said, “They work together as a team and are like a family. I like that. On the other hand, they need to talk to each other more. We need more communication on the court.”
A pleased Lakewood head coach, Sheila Davidson, said the Lady Leopards have really improved since their scrimmage last week.
“Our ball control is better than last year and our hitting and setting are better than when we scrimmaged. If we keep improving in these big leaps I will be impressed. We play Pender here tomorrow (Tuesday) and it will be a test on our ball control, ” she said, and then added with a laugh, “And hopefully we will test their ball control.”
Pender travels to Lakewood on Tuesday and then the Leopards will go to Spartan Country on Wednesday.
The Dark Horses will host Hobbton on Wednesday.