by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Middlesex picked up its second match win this season over Lancaster Monday but had to work a little harder this time around.
The Lady Chargers seemed to win with ease on their home court two weeks ago but had to battle through four close sets for the 3-1 win over the Lady Devils at LHS this week.
Middlesex won the opening set in extra points, 28-26, then lost 25-18 in the second set. The Lady Chargers edged Lancaster, 25-22 in the third then pulled away with a five-point run in the fourth for a 25-17 win.
Maddie Davis put over four aces in the match to lead Lancaster’s serves and had eight kills to lead front line play. Sydney Price got up for five blocks and Riley Molineaux put up 14 assists. McKenzie Hathaway had 11 digs.
Rappahannock swept the Lady Devils, 3-0, in Warsaw last Thursday with wins of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-22. Rachel Valdrighi had nine serves for points, while Molineaux and Hathaway led the defense with nine digs each. Davis put over four kills.
The Lady Eagles won a 3-1 match over Lancaster in Montross last Tuesday with set scores of 25-9, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-21. Francesca Wilson led the offense with six kills and Davis had six aces. Hathaway got low for nine digs and Molineaux had 11 assists.
The Lady Devils will go to Colonial Beach today, October 5, and travel to Essex Tuesday, October 10.
In JV action, Lancaster suffered its first set loss but captured a 2-1 match-win over Washington & Lee last Wednesday to remain unbeaten.
The Eagles won in extra points, 26-24, in the first set but the Lady Devils rallied for back-to-back wins, 25-14 and 15-7 to take the match.
“The girls started off very weak and believed no one could beat them,” said LHS coach Brittany Jones. “But after that first loss, they quickly picked it up and came back stronger.”
Lancaster had swept all its opponents in two sets this season before the opening loss to W&L last week.
Rachel Woolard led the serves with 15 good serves and nine aces. Madison Giese had 15 good serves and five kills, while McKenna Jones had 10 good serves with three aces.
Katherine Thomas led in the middle with 10 sets and 17 digs and Woolard had 12 sets and nine digs. Giese had 14 digs and Olivia Brocklebank seven. Blair Smith put over seven serves with two aces and had seven digs.