ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior volleyball team hasn’t fared well in contests that have gone five games in recent history.
That trend continued Monday afternoon in its season opening match with South Stanly. The Rowdy Rebel Bulls squeezed out a 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory over the Raiders.
It was the fifth consecutive match Richmond has lost that has gone five games. The last five-game victory for Richmond came during the 2012 Southeastern Conference tournament, when it pulled out a win over Lumberton.
“We’re going to go five games a lot this year,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “I told the girls we aren’t going to beat teams in three and they aren’t going to beat us in three.”
Despite the loss, Wimpey saw “some good things” from her young team. The Raiders started two first-year players at middle blocker (Madelyn Chappell and Hailey Mason) as well as in the back (Kelsey Mabe).
“We had a lot of young girls out there. In games one and three we had a freshman in,” Wimpey said. “We only had three seniors out there the whole time.”
Richmond (0-1) will return to action 6 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to Anson.
Raiders stop Vikings in soccer
CAMERON — Four different players broke into the scoring column to lead Richmond Senior to a 4-1 season-opening win over Union Pines Monday night.
Jalen Almond, Andrew Balzer, Jory Smith and Manuel Zapato all notched a goal for the Raiders (1-0). Johnny Juarez and Zapato added assists in the win.
The contest was called at halftime because of lightning strikes in the area. Richmond coach Bennie Howard said teams waited 30 minutes after the first lightning bolt and were about to resume the contest when another was sighted.
“I was very pleased with the way we played,” Howard said. “Our goals were off some nice combination plays. If we continue playing like that, then we should win more games than we lose.”
In a change in the schedule, Richmond will travel to Pine Forest Wednesday night. The game was moved because of a conflict with getting Raider Stadium prepared for the upcoming football season.
In the junior varsity contest, Victor Roman scored three goals to lead Richmond to a 6-1 victory over Union Pines. Max Diaz, Zane Ritter and Jonathan Tadlock all added a goal for the Raiders.
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