Last updated: September 02. 2014 9:22PM - 400 Views
By Danny McDowell Sports Writer



Midway's Brittany Watson sets it up for her teammate in volleyball action Tuesday. (Danny McDowell/The Sampson Independent)
Midway's Brittany Watson sets it up for her teammate in volleyball action Tuesday. (Danny McDowell/The Sampson Independent)
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The Midway Lady Raiders hosted traditional power Pender on Tuesday in volleyball action. The evenly matched encounter went the distance with Pender holding off the home team in 5 sets.


The Lady Raiders claimed early momentum scoring a 25-18 win in the opening game. Midway led 11-3 when the Lady Patriots took a time out. They got as close as 19-13, but never really threatened.


Game 2 was a different story. Pender jumped out to an early lead the Lady Raiders could never catch up. The score got as close as 9-8 before the visitors went on a 9-1 run. Pender won that set 25-15.


The third game could have gone either way. It was tied numerous times, but Pender broke the final 22-22 deadlock and posted a 25-22 win.


Midway dominated game 4 with another 25-18 win. The Raiders went ahead for good after a 12-12 tie. The serves of Kelsey Pondo netted 5 straight points for the home team, and they never looked back.


The tiebreaker was even as late as 11-11, but Pender posted a 15-12 win to claim the match 3 games to 2.


“It was an intense game,” declared Midway head coach Jennifer Naylor. “It could have gone either way. We were more mentally tough than we have been.”


Naylor praised the play of Hannah Hubbard and Leah Williams.


Logan Baggett led the J. V. Lady Raiders to 2 set victory over Pender. The junior Raiders are 2-0 in the conference.


“We normally excel at serving,” added Naylor, but today we missed 12 serves.”


Midway, now 3-3, and 1-1 in Four County Conference play, will travel to Clinton on Thursday.


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