by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster dropped a pair of varsity volleyball matches to Washington & Lee and Middlesex last week.
The Eagles blanked the Lady Devils, 3-0, in Montross last Thursday with wins of 25-15, 25- 4 and 25-17 and Middlesex defeated LHS, 3-1, in Saluda Monday.
Middlesex won the first game easily, 25-12, before the Lady Devils rallied for a 25-23, win in the second game. The Lady Chargers claimed the final two games, 25-20 and 25-11, for the best-of-five win.
The Lady Devils seemed sparked in the second game when after Rachel Valdrighi opened the serving for three points, play was stopped and the officials took all three points away and gave the ball and a point to the Chargers. The ruling was Lancaster had submitted a receiving line-up instead of its serving line-up and was out of position on the court.
“Despite the loss, I was proud of how we played against a very good team, especially in set two,” said LHS coach Keegan Walters. “We rallied to finally put together the complete set we’ve been looking for. Now we need to do it for an entire match.”
Reghan Jones led the Lancaster servers with 13 for points, while McKenzie Hathaway had 12 digs. Riley Molineaux led the setters with 17 assists.
On the front row, Maddie Davis put over six kills and Aline Johnson had five blocks.
“Our back row has stepped up to pick up a ton of digs and we need to turn those into more kills,” said Walters. “Overall, we’re coming together well as a team. Now we need to turn them into wins.”
Against the Lady Eagles, Jones served for six points, Hathaway had 15 digs and Molineaux five assists with three kills.
“Aside from the second set of the match, I was pretty pleased with our play,” said Walters. “We’re still working on closing out because we seem to slow down toward the end of sets.
“Sydney Price put up a great game on the front row,” he added. “It has been fun to see her develop as a tenth grader and gain confidence in her play.”
Lancaster will host Essex in its first Northern Neck District match tonight, September 21, and play a rematch with Washington & Lee in Montross Tuesday, September 26.
“This part of our schedule is much more difficult than the beginning of the year,” said Walters. “So each of these games will leave us a stronger team.”
In JV action, the Lady Devils swept both Washington & Lee and Middlesex, 2-0, to remain unbeaten.
Lancaster defeated the Lady Eagles, 25-16 and 25-8, last Thursday.
Madison Giese put over five aces and Rachel Woolard four in the first game. Amanda Steensma sent over three serves for aces.
In the second game, Giese had 10 aces and Woolard six. Katherine Thomas put over two.
Woolard had six sets in the match and Thomas one.
Lancaster rallied for an extra-points win, 27-25, over Middlesex in the first game Monday night and took the best-of-three match with a 25-9 win in the second game.
Blair Smith had eight good serves with two aces to lead the Lady Devil servers in the first game, while Steensma did most of the work behind the service line in the second with 14 good serves and four aces. Smith also had two aces in the second game.
Woolard led the defense in the first game with eight digs and Giese had seven. Giese also had two kills and Kat Zeiler laid down three.
Thomas led the setters with 15 in the first game and Woolard had six in the second.