Pirates nip Raiders in 5
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — It was more of the same for the Richmond Senior volleyball team.
The Raiders were once again on the cusp of defeating a team from Robeson County, only to fall in five sets.
Lumberton pulled off the feat Thursday night downing Richmond 23-25, 25-11, 27-25, 23-25, 17-15 in a Southeastern Conference contest at Raider Gymnasium.
The loss was the second in a row and fourth in five matches for the Raiders to fall to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Lumberton improves to 8-1 on the year and 2-1 in the SEC.
“We were inconsistent,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said.
After falling behind by six points early in the fifth and deciding set, Richmond mounted a rally and was one point away from winning the match at 14-13. Breanna McKinnon keyed the comeback for the Raiders with five kills in an eight-point stretch.
“She played well in the fifth,” Wimpey said. “I wish she would have played like that the entire game because we would have won.”
Lumberton fought back and broke Davina LeGrande’s serve as Kayla Kerns recorded a kill to stay alive in the match. Following an ace by Allison Kinlaw to give the push the Pirates in front at 15-14, Jessica Steen stuffed a kill attempt by Joy Church to even the contest.
The Pirates closed out the win without having having to record an ace or a kill as Nile Fisher committed to two straight hitting errors.
Wimpey was disappointed with the losses to Purnell Swett and Lumberton with road contests at Pinecrest and Scotland looming next week.
“I hope we just show up for all the games, not just one or two of them,” she said. “We were wanted the last game tonight, we just didn’t get it.”
Richmond falls at Scotland
LAURINBURG — The Richmond Senior girls tennis team earned its first points of the season in a 7-2 loss at Scotland.
Kristen Morrison defeated Bella Whitehood 6-4, 7-6 (15-13) at the No. 5 singles spot. Morrison would team with Erica Rich to earn the Raiders’ other point in No. 3 doubles. Morrison and Rich knocked off Makayla Gilmore and Whitehead 7-5.
In the other singles matches, Leslie Floyd downed McKenzie Grimes 6-0, 6-0 in the top singles. Sallie Wegner defeated McKenzie Ransom by the same score. Anna Griswold slipped past Meredith McLean 6-4, 6-4. Camryn Ellis stopped Reagan Ross 6-4, 6-1 and Gilmore knocked off Rich 7-6, 6-3.
In doubles, Floyd and Wegner blanked Grimes and Ransom 8-0. Griswold and Ellis beat McLean and Ross 6-3.
The Raiders are now 0-4 overall and 0-4 in league play. They will return to the courts 4 p.m. Wednesday at South View.
Richmond JV football team improves to 3-0
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior junior varsity football team surrendered is first points in three games, but managed to hold on to beat Jack Britt 33-18 Thursday night at Raider Stadium.
The Raiders (3-0) led 14-12 at halftime before scoring the contest’s next 12 points to pull away from the Buccaneers.
Richmond JV coach Jason Norton said his team had several plays wiped out because of penalties.
“We had a block in the back on a kickoff return that went for a touchdown,” Norton said. “I told the guys at halftime we played about as bad we could and we were still ahead.
“We kept playing hard, but we still have somethings to clean up. We played a good team tonight. We were in a dogfight.”
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Thursday when it travels to Butler.
— 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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