ROCKINGHAM — When Anson was unable to return a volley from Ashton Davenport, Richmond Senior experienced something it hasn’t done in nearly three weeks — win.
The Raiders ended a five-game losing streak with a 25-20, 15-25, 25-21 and 25-22 victory Wednesday night at Raider Gymnasium. Richmond improves to 3-10 and Anson falls to 4-6.
Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey was pleased with the effort from her squad, especially with one of her starters, Hunter Parks, out of the lineup.
“We had to make some adjustments,” Wimpey said. “They had some great attitudes out there tonight. They were up for every game and that’s what we need every game. It was a great improvement.”
Wimpey hopes the Raiders can use the momentum from the victory to move up in the Southeastern Conference standings. Richmond will begin its second swing through the league against Hoke County at 6 p.m. today in Raider Gymnasium.
“We played well tonight,” Wimpey said. “I wish we would play like that during the conference.”
The Raiders are currently fifth in the SEC with a 1-4 mark with the top three finishers earning automatic bids to the playoffs. Scotland, the defending conference champions, lead the way with a 5-0 record, followed by Purnell Swett at 4-1. Pinecrest is in third at 3-2 and Lumberton is a game back at 2-3. Hoke County is in the cellar, having gone winless in its five league matches.
“I know it’s going to be tough,” Wimpey said. “We took Purnell Swett and Lumberton to five games. If we could have switched those outcomes, we would be 3-2 and in good shape.”
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