ROCKINGHAM — Yes, the Lady Raiders are still winning.
A victory over rival Scotland in the second round of the conference tournament Tuesday evening sets them up for their first appearance in the tournament championship game under head coach Shellie Wimpey.
They will play the winner of the Pinecrest-Jack Britt semifinal matchup on Wednesday.
“I’m expecting to win,” Wimpey said. “Again, playing a team for a third time, everyone knows what to expect from each team. It’s just going to be about who plays defense better and who gets the ball up.”
The Richmond volleyball team (24-0) handled the Lady Scots in three sets (25-8, 25-21, 25-19) for the second time in less than a week — the two teams met last Thursday to close out the regular season.
It was the fourth consecutive match, and the 18th time this season, that the unbeaten squad has swept its opponents.
The Lady Raiders’ first set was the most dominant set. They raced out to a 14-point lead and then finished Scotland off with a 4-1 run behind a fast start from senior outside hitter Altman Griffin, who tallied seven of the team’s 10 kills and six of its 15 digs in the opening frame.
They gave up three points to begin the second set, but eventually battled back to take a 5-4 advantage following a kill from senior middle hitter/blocker Owen Bowers — one of her three in the set. The Lady Scots hung around as the set progressed and forced the home team to call a timeout when senior Ashley McGugan’s kill pulled them within two points (23-21).
Richmond came out of the timeout focused and closed the set without allowing the visiting team to score any more points.
Griffin picked up her final eight kills in the third-set win, while sophomore Layne Maultsby recorded six of her 10 digs and senior Mackenzie Webb tallied 11 of her 27 assists.
Griffin led the night with 19 kills and 13 digs, junior Savannah Lampley had 10 digs, and senior Brianna Baysek finished with five kills and two blocks.
“Our serve-receive and our defense was wonderful in the first game. And then it kind of fell off a little bit,” Wimpey said. “They (Scotland) didn’t do anything special, we just fell off. And we can’t do that.”
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