The Rappahannock Lady Raiders varsity volleyball team defeated the Mathews Lady Blue Devils on September 9. They faced the King William Lady Cavaliers at home on Monday, September 16 in a five-set game that had two extra point sets to decide the winner. The Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Blue Devils in straight sets (3-0). They went up on the visitors (7-5) then doubled them up (15-7) before winning (25-13) and (1-0). The team was down (3-6) and (7-10) before a rally put them ahead (14-13); they would fall behind again (17-21). Sydney Byrd served for seven points to seal the set (25-21) and (2-0). The Lady Raiders went up (9-0), (13-7), (17-13), and won (25-23) to take the game (3-0). Against the Lady Cavaliers, the home team took control of the first set (9-6), (15-8), (19-9), and won (25-14) to go ahead (1-0).
The second set flipped in favor of the visitors as they were up (7-13), (9-18), and won (14-25) to tie the game (1-1). The teams played it close to begin the third set (9-8), (13-14), and (18-18) before the Lady Cavaliers won (22-25) to go up (1-2). Needing to win to continue the game, the Lady Raiders were up (16-14), (20-16), and (23-17). The visitors tied the set (24-24) to force extra points and went up (24-25) for game point. A side out gave the home team the break they needed with the set tied (25-25); they scored the next two points (27-25) to tie the game (2-2). The fifth set tie breaker to fifteen was back and forth and closely contested (6-4), (7-8), and (10-11). The Lady Raiders rallied to game point (14-11) but the Lady Cavaliers came back to tie the game (14-14) to force extra points. The Lady Raiders were edged out (15-17) and (2-3). Ella Campbell said, “We had to do whatever we needed to keep the team motivated. We have to stay up and play. The team runs our offense and sets the ball wherever it takes us. Everyone has to give 110% on each and every play.” Rappahannock will play at Northumberland on Tuesday, September 24 and at W&L on Thursday, September 26.
Ella Campbell gets a kill to keep her team up.