The Rappahannock Lady Raiders varsity volleyball team traveled to the Colonial Beach Lady Drifters on Tuesday, October 1 and hosted the Lancaster Lady Red Devils on Thursday October 3. They netted two more district wins behind their offensive system of a good first contact to the setter that leads to a hard-hit ball or a push over the defenses front line. The Lady Raiders were trailing the (1-10), (12-17), (15-19); they tied the game (19-19) and won (25-20) to go up (1-0). The Lady Drifters were ahead in second set (2-5) then down (10-7), (13-12), then back up (16-19), and won (25-22) to tie the match (1-1). The Lady Raiders took control of the third set (4-2), (12-7), (15-11), (21-15) and won (25-20) to go up (2-1). In the fourth set, they only sent three servers to the line as the score was a runaway (25-4) to take the match (3-1). Head Coach Kristin Patterson shook up her starting lineup and allowed all the players some court time. The more experience in real game situations will work well for the team in the future. In their next match, the Lady Raiders faced the Lady Red Devils. They were down (3-5), (6-10), before taking a (17-12) lead. A few one serves allowed the visitors back in the game (20-17) but the home team pulled together to win (25-21) and a (1-0) lead.
The Lady Raiders were in front for all the second set (5-2), (10-7), (18-14), (20-17), and won (25-18) to make it (2-0). The third set was another runaway (7-5), (11-6), (15-7), and (25-9) to win the match (3-0). The team’s defense is important; they have to cover all areas of the court, but the offense is most important. When they get the ball over the net and in play, they put pressure on the other team to make a good return. All serves don’t have to be an ace and all returns don’t have to be kills to win a point; most points come from the other team making a bad hit. Rappahannock will play at Middlesex on Monday, October 7 at Essex on Tuesday, October 8, and home to Northumberland on Thursday, October 10.
Anne Harris pushes the ball over the net for a point.