Jack Britt downs Richmond in home opener
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — Despite being swept by Jack Britt, Richmond Senior volleyball coach Shellie Wimpey was encouraged by her team’s performance.
The Buccanners downed the Raiders 25-22, 25-6 and 25-19 Thursday night to improve to 2-1. Richmond falls to 0-2.
It was the third match of the season for Jack Britt against a Southeastern Conference opponent. It split with Scotland, the defending conference champions, winning on the road in four games and falling at home in five.
“They’re a really good team,” Wimpey said of the Buccaneers. “We are making small improvements everyday. If we keep doing that, we are going to be fine.”
Richmond trailed by 10 in the first set before mounting a rally to cut the deficit to one at 13-12. After the Buccaneers recovered to extended their lead, the Raiders pulled back to within one (20-19), before dropping the opening set.
Following a 19-point loss in the second set, Richmond rebounded in the third. The Buccaneers were unable to shake the Raiders and held on to post the sweep.
“I think it was just jitters in the beginning,” Wimpey said. “If we played like we did in the first and third, I think we would have had a chance.”
Jack Britt also swept the junior varsity contest.
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Monday at home against Union Pines. Earlier this week, the Vikings swept the Raiders.
Richmond rolls in JV opener
MINT HILL — Tyler Calhoun scored two touchdowns and Quientel Goodwin, Shawn Faulk and Josh Ellerbe each added one of their own to lead the Richmond Senior junior varsity to a 35-0 win over Rocky River Thursday night.
The Raiders (1-0) led 21-0 at halftime.
Junior varsity coach Jason Norton was pleased with the final result but saw some areas which need to be improved before next week’s clash with Hoggard.
“Being the first game and on the road, I’ll take it,” Norton said. “It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. We have some things to work on offensively. Defensively there are some things we need to work on as well.”
The Raiders will return to action 6 p.m. Thursday at home against the Vikings 6 p.m. The game was arranged between the two schools because their varsity teams are participating in next week’s Derrick Law Firm Carolina Kickoff Clash in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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