Ridgecroft downs rival Lawrence

Published 11:30 pm Friday, September 3, 2010

MERRY HILL – Ridgecroft School swept a three-set volleyball match against rival Lawrence Academy here Tuesday.

The Lady Rams were paced on the offensive front by the serving of Tayler McKeel, Nikki Smith and Mary-joe Harrell as they won by counts of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-16.

“The Lady Rams have been working hard in practice and are very determined to have a successful season,” Ridgecroft Head Coach Susan Oliver said.

Leading the way in kills were Lauren Colson, Mary Kate Morris and Brice Harrison. Ridgecroft got solid digs from Libero player Katie Blowe and Harrison.

On the Lawrence side, Head Coach Dr. Ed Clouse said inexperience proved too much of an obstacle.

“We had a lead very early in each game, but our inexperience hurt,” Dr. Clouse said. “We were making some mistakes with our positioning which usually happens with first year players .

“We improved greatly from our last match and started to hit the ball more,” he added.

Lawrence was led by Holly McNair, who served at an 87.5 percent clip and Jordyn Lyle who was at 85.7. McNair and Hayden Thompson each recorded six hits with Thompson having four kills and McNair three.

In junior varsity action, Ridgecroft downed Lawrence 25-20 and 25-12.

Oliver said she was pleased with the consistent serving of Emily Grace, Kristin Tyson and Brooke Horne.

“They played well together as a team,” Oliver said.

Dr. Clouse was also pleased with his team.

“I am really proud of how our girls played as a team,” he said. “They had their best match as far as communication.”

Chelsea Ginn had two aces and two kills for the Warriors while Sydney Brabble added two kills.

Ridgecroft will be back in action Tuesday when they host Pungo Christian Academy at 4 p.m. in a Tarheel Independent conference matchup. Lawrence will travel to Northeast Academy on Tuesday, also in a TIC tilt.