Young Eagles battle hard in loss against Lawrence

Published 4:26 pm Friday, September 15, 2023

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LASKER – Despite suffering a setback at home Tuesday, the Northeast Academy volleyball team battled through all three sets.

In the end, the Eagles came up short against Tarheel Independent Conference foe Lawrence Academy. The Warriors won 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20.

The Eagles are young this season with just one senior – Kennedy Hatcher – along with a pair of juniors and six sophomores.

In the second set, Hayes Hatcher stopped a Lawrence run with a winning tip, which was followed by Kennedy Hatcher serving an ace as the teams evened at 2-all. They battled back-and-forth from that point until Hayes Hatcher delivered a kill and an ace on successive points and eventually served the Eagles to within 7-6.

Lawrence pulled away behind the serve of Morgan Stotesberry, who led her team to an 11-7 edge. Once there, it was Kennedy Hatcher who stopped the run with a shot that landed in an empty spot of the Warrior defense. On the next point, Lindsay White had a kill on Angel Barnes’ serve. Barnes won the next point as well, closing the gap to 11-10.

Warrior senior Samantha Hughson, however, rolled off four consecutive points on her serve, including an ace as Lawrence surged ahead 16-10.

Chloe Long stopped the run with a kill and White took over to roll off six consecutive points – four of which were not returned as Northeast surged ahead 17-16.

Camy Pippins stopped the run for Lawrence and then won a point off her serve thanks to a kill by Dava Armstrong.

Hayes Hatcher stopped the spurt with a kill and Kennedy Hatcher’s serve gave the Eagles another lead – this time at 19-18.

The Eagles got no closer, however, as Armstrong rolled off five straight points on her serve to close the game out at 25-20.

The third set started with the Warriors surging ahead thanks to the serve of Stotesberry. She won four straight points, thanks in part to kills by Armstrong and Hughson, as Lawrence got out of the gate quick and built a 6-2 advantage. It was a lead the Warriors would maintain until late in the set.

Camryn Rawls had two straight service points which were able to put Northeast ahead 16-15. Lawrence, however, answered with Ella Layton’s serve as they were able to go back ahead 18-16.

A dig by White led to a winning tip from Kennedy Hatcher to help the Eagles end the run. Barnes then scored twice on her serve to help NEA go ahead 19-18.

Trinity Congleton had a winning tip for the Warriors and then successive kills to help Lawrence surge ahead 22-19.

A dig by Hayes Hatcher helped the Eagles stop the run at 24-20, but an errant serve ended the contest.

In set number one, the Warriors pulled away from a close match thanks to solid serving by Pippins, Armstrong and Hughson as they won 25-16.

Northeast will be back at home on Monday when they host Community Christian School in non-conference action.