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Lions spikers complete sweep

The Halifax County Middle School volleyball team completed a home and away sweep of Ben Franklin Middle School with a 25-17, 25-19 win in Rocky Mount on Tuesday. The teams played a best-of-three game series instead of the usual best-of-five game series in the non-conference match, with two extra games added to give additional players on each team game experience, according to coach Jennifer Trent.

The Lions won both additional games by 19-17 and 15-13 scores, she added.

“We played Ben Franklin for the second time this season, and they are definitely a challenging opponent to face off against,” explained Trent.

“But, I was pleased with picking up two wins against a strong team.”

The Lions rallied from a sluggish start to win game one and finished the official match with a win in game two, according to Trent.

“We started off a bit sluggish, but we turned it around and won the first game against Ben Franklin pretty easily,” said Trent.

“Cecilie Elliott, Amber Moore, and Denia Rauls all had solid serving during the match, and Cecilie and Taylor Barnes both played good games at the net.”

Trent changed her substitution pattern in game two to give her entire roster game experience.

“Usually at this point in the season, I’m struggling with rotation and with balls hitting the floor, but I haven’t seen too much of that this year,” noted Trent.

“Most of the girls are getting the rotation down and being aggressive with going after the ball.

“Laurel Jennings, Taylor Barnes, and Denia Rauls all had kills during this game, and Megan Nunn had two assists.”

During the “fun games”, Christy McFadden and Haley Wooding led in the kills category, Trent noted.

“Heather Griles was the top server, and Amber Moore had the most assists,” she said.

“I was pleased with seeing them bump, set, and spike instead of just bumping the ball back over the net.  In the first game, the girls had to play out a close game where they went back and forth for a while before we finally put it away.

“The second game, the girls came from about five points behind to take the win over Ben Franklin.”

Serving and setting needed work are areas the Lions need to improve in, Trent pointed out.

“Honestly, the serving wasn’t what it should be,” she said.

“Our overall team percentage isn’t that great right now.  We need to work on that, and we need to work on getting better sets to our spikers.

“It seems the sets are going either towards the attack line or too close to the net.  So we definitely still have some areas to work on.”

Individual Stats

(includes “fun games”)

Christy McFadden: two for three serving, two kills

Haley Wooding: two for four serving, two kills

Mackenzie Lawte: five for eight serving, two assists

Laurel Jennings: four for five serving, two kills

Megan Nunn: one for five serving, two assists

Cecilie Elliott: eight for 11 serving, two 2 kills

Madison Puryear: one for one serving, three assists

Amber Moore: nine for 13 serving, two assists

Taylor Barnes: two for five serving, three kills

Rose Spainhour: three for five serving

Denia Rauls: nine for 10 serving, one1 kill

Sierra Nunn: one for one serving, one kill

Heather Griles: six for eight serving