Midway and Clinton squared off in Spivey’s Corner on Tuesday for more Four County Conference volleyball action. Midway defeated Clinton earlier in the season in the first meeting and that would be the case this time around as the Lady Raiders blanked the visitors in straight sets, 3-0.
The first set started out evenly as each team traded scores early. With the score tied 5-5, Midway went on a small run to open a slight lead at 9-5, prompting Clinton head coach Jennifer Edgerton to spend a timeout.
Midway built on its lead out of the timeout but the Lady Dark Horses came storming back, capitalizing on sloppy Midway play to close the gap, 13-11, and force a Midway timeout.
Out of the timeout, Midway settled down and went on to win the set 25-18 to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, Clinton stormed out of the gate as the Lady Dark Horses built a a 7-1 lead to get things started. Midway didn’t panic, instead, the Lady Raiders slowly chipped away that the Clinton lead. Their efforts paid off as the Lady Raiders pulled back to within 9-8 before tying the game at 12-12. Midway eventually took the lead at 14-13. The Lady Raiders never relinquished that lead, but winning the set didn’t come easy, as Clinton battled Midway all the way to end before Midway finally closed the set out 25-23.
Now leading 2-0, Midway took firm control of the third set as it was visibly evident Clinton’s fire was gone. The Lady Raiders took full advantage of Clinton miscues and errors to close out the game by winning he third set 25-13.
After the game, Clinton head coach Jennifer Edgerton admitted her team’s struggles.
“We had a tough game yesterday, followed by another tough game today. Honestly, the girls get-up-and-go was just gone. We just weren’t aggressive enough,” Edgerton said.
Midway head coach Whitney Lamm saw it a little differently.
“Going into tonight, we knew this could be a game that went either way,” Lamm said.
“Clinton always brings their A-game against us. But we worked to vary our offense to keep their defense on their toes and played very good defense,” she added.
Midway now turns their attention to Wallace-Rose Hill, who sits in second place in the conference with one loss. That loss was at the hands of Midway. Just like last time, Lamm called a practice immediately following the conclusion of tonight’s game.
“We are pumped about the game against Wallace and trying to do something that hasn’t been done in a while, which is take the conference undefeated,” Lamm continued.
“I think we are a better team now than when we played them the first time but at the same time, we know Wallace has improved as well. It will definitely be the biggest game of the season for us,” she concluded.
With the loss, Clinton falls to 7-11 overall and 5-4 in the conference. They are back in action on against Union on Thursday.
For Midway, the win improves the Lady Raiders record to 17-0 and 10-0 in the conference. The game against Wallace-Rose Hill is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m.