ROCKINGHAM — It wasn’t the game Richmond Senior needed to win, but it didn’t plan on making it easy.
That strategy lasted for a little over three minutes as Pinecrest scored the first of three first-half goals en route to a 5-0 win over Richmond Monday night at Raider Stadium.
“When you don’t mark up and don’t communicate you give up goals,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “You can’t sit there and play a top-15 team is the state like this and not give up goals. You can’t make mistakes against a team like Pinecrest because they will capitalize on them.”
The Raiders are now 6-7-1 overall and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Patriots improve to 13-1-2 and 8-1.
Richmond is currently tied for third in the conference standings with Hoke with one game remaining. Richmond will welcome Scotland to Raider Stadium in the regular-season finale, while Hoke will travel to Southern Pines to face Pinecrest.
“Wednesday’s game means everything,” Howard said. “If we win that one, we finish in third by ourselves if Hoke losses and we make the playoffs.”
Richmond downs Lumberton, advances to face Scotland
LUMBERTON — The Richmond Senior volleyball team maintained a sliver of hope of qualifying for the state 4A playoffs by downing Lumberton in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Raiders defeated the Pirates in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22. The win improves Richmond to 6-13 on the season and Lumberton falls to 13-8.
Richmond will travel to Scotland at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals. The Scots blanked the Raiders to swept the season series.
“We came out and played well from the beginning,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “Ashton (Davenport) had a ton of aces and played great in the back. I hope it will carry over to tomorrow.”
Hamlet splits with Anson Orange
HAMLET — The Hamlet Middle School volleyball team went 1-1 in its two matches with Anson Orange Monday afternoon.
Anson Orange claimed a 24-26, 25-14, 15-8 victory in the first, while Hamlet rebounded to win the nightcap 25-27, 26-24, 15-6.
The Red Rams were led by Grayson Way’s 23 service points and two aces. Owen Bowers had 20 service points and Mackenzie Webb added 14 service points and an ace.
Hamlet (7-1) will play at Anson Blue in its next match Monday afternoon.
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