Richmond downs Hoke County, stays perfect


RAEFORD — The wins keep coming for the Lady Raiders, who extended their win streak to nine games at the expense of Hoke County on Tuesday.

In its fourth conference match of the season, the Richmond volleyball team took down the Lady Bucks in three sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-12) in order to keep its record spotless.

“We played well tonight. We moved really well on the court and adjusted our passes well due to the low ceiling,” coach Shellie Wimpey said.

Richmond (9-0, 4-0 SAC) has shown a tendency to become complacent in the third set, in a number of outings this season, but that wasn’t the case in Raeford. It picked up nine of its 23 kills in the final game and earned its largest margin of victory — 13 points — on the night.

Both senior Owen Bowers and junior Savannah Lampley recorded two kills in the third set, while seniors Bri Baysek and Mackenzie Webb each had one kill. Senior Altman Griffin led the way with a set-high of three kills. Defensively, in the third set, the Lady Raiders recorded 12 digs and a block — courtesy of sophomore Alexis Swiney.

Tuesday’s victory was the sixth time this season Richmond defeated an opponent 3-0, and it has yet to be taken to five sets.

Both Bowers and Griffin had a team-high eight kills in the match. Bowers added five digs and five points won, while Griffin chipped in 12 digs and four aces. Baysek finished with three digs and two kills. Webb capped off the seniors’ efforts with a two digs, an ace, a kill and seven points won.

Lampley (6 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace), Swiney (3 digs, 1 kill, 1 block) and sophomore Layne Maultsby (10 digs) also played a big part in Richmond’s ninth consecutive win.

Next up for the Lady Raiders are a non-conference battle at Union Pines on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) and a home conference match with Lumberton on Thursday (6 p.m.).

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Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s Altman Griffin (13) and Owen Bowers (14) led the Lady Raiders to a 3-0 victory over Hoke County on Tuesday. Griffin and Bowers, both seniors, combined for 16 of the team’s 23 kills.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_volley-1.jpgLeon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s Altman Griffin (13) and Owen Bowers (14) led the Lady Raiders to a 3-0 victory over Hoke County on Tuesday. Griffin and Bowers, both seniors, combined for 16 of the team’s 23 kills.

 

By Leon Hargrove Jr.

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