ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond volleyball team kicked off Homecoming week with an easy win in the first round of the conference tournament Monday evening.
Head coach Shellie Wimpey said she was proud of the way her team “took care of business” in the three-set win over Seventy-First (25-15, 25-15, 25-12) on its home court, because she understands how easy it is to come out flat at this point of the season.
”When you play teams twice a year, and then you have to go into the conference tournament, it’s not as exciting anymore because you’re not playing anybody new,” she said. “But they came out and took care of business, which is what you have to do to advance on.”
Richmond (23-0) had control and coasted through the first two sets, but Seventy-First (1-18) made a run and took a one-point lead in the third. That advantage didn’t last long, however, as senior outside hitter Altman Griffin recorded a kill that sparked a 10-0 run for the home team — which was capped by a block from senior middle hitter Brianna Baysek.
The Lady Raiders scored seven more points following the run in order to end the match.
Baysek, Griffin and senior setter Mackenzie Webb led the statistical efforts on the night. Baysek finished with three aces, Griffin tallied 11 kills, and Webb recorded 23 assists and 11 digs — all team-highs. Griffin was second with 10 digs and senior middle hitter Owen Bowers was second with six kills.
Junior outside hitter Savannah Lampley chipped in four digs, two kills and an ace. Sophomores Jadyn Johnson, Layne Maultsby and Allexis Swiney combined for 19 digs.
Richmond will host the winner of the Hoke-Scotland match in the second round of the conference tournament Tuesday.
“The goal is to be conference tournament champions, and add that on to our (regular season) conference championship,” Wimpey added. “We don’t want to go into the playoffs having a loss. We’ve brought it thus far against these teams, so we need to finish it and go into the playoffs with a positive, upbeat attitude.”
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