, 2014

Lady Devils grab first district win

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster picked up its first Rappahannock River Conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Colonial Beach last Thursday.

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Skylar Dixon of Lancaster receives a serve from Northumberland during a JV game last week. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Lady Devils picked up back-to-back wins over St. Margaret’s on Wednesday and the Drifters Thursday after opening the three-game week with a 3-0 loss to Northumberland. Lancaster also shut out the Scotties, 3-0.

Against Colonial Beach, Lancaster put over 10 kills in the first game, a 25-23 win. Lori Smith and Brittany Jones had three kills each in the first game, while Lauren James and Carli Hanback put over two each.

Lancaster beat the Drifters, 25-16, in the second game and claimed the match with a 25-15 win in the third. Le’Aira Kelley led the net play for Lancaster with three kills in each of the second and third games. She finished with six to lead the attackers. Jones had four, Smith three and James and Hanback two each. Hanback also recorded a block.

Behind the line, Smith and Jones put over three aces apiece and Smith had 14 serves with one error. She also led the setters with 11 assists. James and Brook Reed had two aces each.

Northumberland made winning seem easy in a three-game sweep of Lancaster last Tuesday, 25-17, 25-6 and 25-19.

Smith had two kills, eight assists, an ace and eight good serves to lead Lancaster’s stat sheet. Kelley had three kills and a block, Loren Moore had two kills and Jones, James, Hanback and Caroline Merryman had one each. Merryman and Hanback also had a block each and Jones put over an ace.

The varsity Lady Devils, who dropped to 1-3 in the conference, will host Washington & Lee tonight (October 17) and go to St. Margaret’s this Saturday, October 19, for a 10 a.m. game. Lancaster will hold its annual Dig Pink fundraising event for breast cancer awareness next Tuesday, October 22, when the Lady Devils host Rappahannock (see related story).

In JV games, Lancaster lost its first conference game to Northumberland, 2-1, last Tuesday, then fell, 2-1, to Colonial Beach on Thursday.

Against the Indians, Lancaster lost the opening game, 25-14, then rebounded to edge Northumberland, 25-23, in the second to force the match into the tie-breaker. Northumberland won that game, 15-10, to take the best of three series.

Tyler Martin led Lancaster at the net with four kills. She also served for four aces.

Lancaster’s Skylar Dixon had three aces, two assists and one kill and Nancy McClain had an ace with eight service points and one block. Caroline Beck led the receivers with four digs.

Colonial Beach beat Lancaster, 25-15, in the opening game before Lancaster came back for a 25-20 win in the second. An extra points third game went to the Drifters, 20-18, for the match win.

Martin led the attack with two kills, while Dixon and McClain had one each. Behind the service line, Martin, McClain and Lexi Hendricks had one ace each while Lucy Washington led the servers with two aces and 11 good serves.

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