Lady Leopards lose first conference matchup
by Savanna Pope Sports Writer
The Lady Leopards fell short on their first varsity conference volleyball game Tuesday against Spring Creek.
Lakewood won the second set out of four close sets; 25-18; 12-25; 25-22; 25-22.
Emily Lewis had 9 aces and was named Player of the Game on Maxpreps.
Leopard head coach Shelia Davidson called Lakewood‘s game inconsistant and stated that the team was going to have to step up to a higher level of play to be competitive in this new Carolina Conference.
“I feel this game went a bit chaotic. We did some good things 2 or 3 times in a row. Then we’d do some bad things 5 to 7 times in a row. I guess when you have a group of juniors on the court that are used to playing, and being successful at the JV level they’ve got to understand that there is a different level of play between the JV level and varsity,” Coach Davidson explained.
“They’re going to have to step it up and understand that we’re in a new conference this year, and playing against a team we’ve never played against. It’s going to be a lot more tough this year,” she continued.
Stats for the varsity showed that Lewis not only had 9 aces, but 11 digs. Amanda Kook had 13 assists, 1 ace, and 2 digs; Rashyda Parker had 14 kills and 3 digs; Kiara Rich, 10 kills and 2 digs; Alyssa Horne, 3 aces and 4 digs; Anna Heinz, 1 ace and 9 digs; Aleah Parker, 2 aces; and Bianca Boone, 3 digs.
Lakewood’s record falls to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The junior varsity team won their game in 2 sets; 25-11 and 25-16.
“JV is building confidence, and they looked good. I was excited to see that they are on their two-game winning streak coming in. They are really gaining confidence, which is good, so I’m very excited about that,” Leopards head coach, Shelia Davison remarked.
Aleah Parker was credited with 3 kills and 5 blocks; Alana Jackson had 5 aces; and Anna Heinz had 4 digs and 3 assists.
The JV record moves to 3-1.
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