Lady Raiders escape Scotland on the road

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. -

LAURINBURG — They may have won in three sets for the third consecutive game, but Thursday’s match was a lot tougher for the Lady Raiders than their last two matches.

The Richmond girls volleyball team had to hold off conference rival Scotland in the last two sets, after winning the first by 10 points, in order to grab a 3-0 victory (25-15, 27-25, 25-23) on the road.

“The girls played great tonight,” head coach Shellie Wimpey said. “They worked hard in practice yesterday, as we were able to work on some things that we hadn’t gotten a chance to due to having three games a week and not much practice time.”

This week’s two-game schedule was the first time since opening week that Richmond was able to have a day of rest in between games. They’ve been able to play the tough schedule without losing a game yet, but Wimpey and the players appreciate having a day to prepare for their next opponent.

Especially when they’re looking to extend the longest win streak in program history in a much-anticipated rivalry game.

“Luckily, these girls get hyped up for big games, so they’re ready. They love these games, which is definitely great. It’s not a matter of getting them excited, because they’re already excited to play them,” Wimpey said earlier this week.

The Lady Raiders (13-0, 7-0 SAC) stuffed the stat sheet in the win over Scotland, with senior Altman Griffin’s 12 kills leading the offense and junior Savannah Lampley’s 14 digs carrying the defensive effort.

Both Griffin and Lampley recorded eight of their kills and digs, respectively, in the second set. Griffin also had eight digs, six aces and one block, while Lampley added five kills and an ace in the win.

Sophomore Alexis Swiney had a second best 11 digs for the Lady Raiders, picking up four each in the last two sets, and chipped in two aces and two kills. Seniors Bri Baysek and Owen Bowers combined for nine kills, six digs and four blocks, senior Mackenzie Webb finished with 28 assists, five digs and a kill, and sophomore Layne Maultsby had three digs.

“They took everything from Wednesday’s practice onto the court tonight and it was great to see,” Wimpey added.

The Lady Raiders will have nearly a week off before their next match, as they travel to Anson next Wednesday for the teams’ second meeting of the season. They won the first matchup in four sets last month.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.