Midway’s volleyball team started the second half of the Four County Conference schedule on Tuesday evening as they hosted East Bladen. Midway defeated East Bladen in the first meeting earlier this season and did so again in convincing fashion for the rematch.
The first set saw the Lady Raiders get out to a bit of a sluggish start. Miscues and penalties assisted the Lady Eagles in scoring several points, but Midway settled down and eventually cruised to the 25-17 victory to take the 1-0 set lead.
The second set was all Midway, led by Autumn Byrd. Byrd opened up the set and helped her team storm out to a 9-0 lead before East Bladen finally tallied a point. The match would go back and forth for a bit before Byrd took back over at serve duties with the score 17-7. The Lady Raiders would go on to close out the set, winning 25-7.
Set number three got off to a similar start to set number one. Some Midway miscues and net penalties helped the Lady Eagles build a small lead. That lead was brief, however, as the Lady Raiders went on another big run to put the Lady Eagles away, winning the third set 25-9, and closing out the match 3 sets to none.
Midway head coach Whitney Lamm was pleased overall with the win, but acknowledged that slow starts and errors still seem to plague her team.
“Once we get going we play good, clean volleyball, but we need to come out of the gate quicker and stronger,” Lamm said. “We had more errors in the first set than we like, particularly net errors, so we need to work on cleaning those up, as well as recovering more quickly from those calls when they do go against us.”
“Overall, we played well — now we will be prepping for a big three-game stretch against Pender, Clinton and Wallace,” Lamm continued. “Those are big games and we’re going to need to continue to be very aggressive on offense.”
Statistically for the Lady Raiders, Autumn Byrd had a solid night as she recorded 23 serve points – 15 of which were in the second set – 11 digs and five aces. Leah Williams contributed 12 digs and seven serve points. Alyssa Wrench also had seven serve points to go along with four aces, three kills, two blocks and two digs.
With the win, Midway remains undefeated, improving their record to 15-0 overall and 8-0 in the Four County Conference. The Lady Raiders will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to take on the Lady Patriots of Pender, who currently sit at third place in the conference.