The Rappahannock Lady Raiders varsity volleyball team started district play with two wins at the Northumberland Lady Indians on Tuesday, September 24 and at the W&L Lady Eagles on Thursday, September 26. The Lady Raiders took an early (6-4) lead then the Lady Indians rallied to go up (11-12), (13-16), (14-19), and won (15-25) to go ahead in sets (0-1). The visitors were down in the second set (1-5), (7-12) then the offense began to show some continuity to make it (16-18) and took a (20-19) lead. The home team would win in extra points (24-26) to make it (0-2). The Lady Raiders carried over their offensive infusion into the next set to take a (6-2) lead the Lady Indians came back to tie the game (10-10) then seven points away from taking the match. The visitors pulled together after a couple timeouts to make it (22-24) then won the next four points to win (26-24) and (1-2) in sets. They controlled the fourth set (7-2), (14-4), and won (25-10) to tie the sets (2-2) and force a fifth set tiebreaker. The Lady Raiders took a (5-3), (10-6) lead and won (15-11) to win the match (3-2). Next for the team was the Lady Eagles and the Lady Raiders hit the court and went up (9-4), (14-8), (17-10). The home team found their rhythm and took a (19-20) lead. After a side out, Julia Whelan served the next five points to get a (25-20) win and (1-0) advantage. The home team continue their good play to go ahead (2-11), (6-16), (11-22). The visitors hit a switch and mounted a comeback that included seven aces to make it (19-22); the Lady Eagles were up with set point (19-24) before the second part of the rally for a (26-24) win and a (2-0) lead. Head Coach Kristin Patterson said, “We had a little lapse, but I give credit to the team; everyone played in the match and the second set showed we aren’t going to give up. We will pull together and play to the end.” The Lady Raiders cruised to a third set win to close out the match (25-21) and (3-0). Rappahannock will be at Colonial Beach on Tuesday October 1 and play Lancaster at home on Thursday, October 3.
Julia Whelan serves up an ace.