The Midway Lady Raiders volleyball team hosted the Lady Eagles from East Bladen Thursday for the season’s first conference match. Coach Jennifer Naylor’s girls were poised to pick up their first victory of the season, but fell short. East Bladen took the match 3-1.
The home team jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game 1 and maintained at least a 5 point margin throughout. They led 20-12 when the visitors started a mini-run, but East Bladen would get no closer than 21-16. The Lady Raiders held on for a 25-16 win in the opener.
It was East Bladen who took the quick start in game 2. Midway closed to 5-4, but then the Lady Eagles scored 5 straight to post a 10-4 lead. The Lady Raiders with the strong serve of Brittany Pondo and solid play by Michaela Godwin closed to 22-19 before taking a 25-20 loss.
Game 3 went to East Bladen 25-18. In game 4, the visitors had an early lead but Midway tied it at 13. From that point on, it was anybody’s game. The Lady Raider went ahead 22-20, but the Eagles came back to win 25-23.
“It was an exciting game of volleyball,” asserted coach Naylor. “We kept fighting through and things didn’t go our way. We had some consistent serves. South Johnston had killed us on serve receive, but our serve receive looked better tonight. The girls played with a lot of heart.”
The Lady Raiders fall to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the Four County Conference. They will continue conference play next week with a visit to Pender on Tuesday, before hosting Clinton Thursday.