Warriors reach .500

Published 11:21 am Friday, September 14, 2012

MERRY HILL – Lawrence Academy has earned a .500 record through the first six volleyball matches of the season and has the same winning percentage inside the Tarheel Independent Conference.

The Lady Warriors are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the league after defeating Northeast Academy and Terra Ceia Christian School and dropping an outing with defending conference champ Hobgood Academy.

Lawrence defeated Northeast Sept. 4 in a straight-set decision. The Warriors won 25-12, 25-12 and 25-8.

“We played our best match all around,” first-year Lawrence skipper Lee Hoffman said. “Our serving was excellent and we were aggressive at the net in finishing points.”

Sophomore Chelsea Ginn had eight digs, six aces and two kills for the Warriors while senior Hayden Thompson recorded seven kills to go with six aces and three blocks. Senior Meg Sutton added five kills and three aces.

Two days later the Warriors defeated Terra Ceia, also in straight sets. Lawrence won by counts of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-23.

“We had an incredible game serving the ball with 24 aces in three sets,” Hoffman said. “The girls controlled net throughout all three sets in limiting Terra Ceia’s hitting and taking advantage of their mistakes.”

Thompson again had an outstanding match, recording 10 kills, nine aces and two blocks in what Hoffman described as a “dominating performance at the net.”

Senior Holly McNair had seven kills and five aces while junior hitter Jordan Lyle added five aces and five kills.

Despite a straight-set loss to Hobgood – by counts of 25-8, 29-27 and 25-21 – Hoffman said his team did mount a good comeback.

“We came out flat early and responded well in games two and three to make a match out of it,” he said. “We had four chances to win set two and get the match even. “

Thompson had six acres, four kills and three blocks in the loss.

In addition to the varsity results, the Lawrence jayvee girls went 2-1 during the same stretch.

The Warrior jayvees defeated Hobgood 25-19, 19-25 and 15-13 and topped Terra Ceia 25-8 and 25-16. Lawrence fell to Northeast 25-15 and 26-24.