First Posted: 9/11/2009
LUMBERTON The Lumberton Pirates volleyball team opened Southeastern Conference play against Pinecrest Thursday night not having played a match in 16 days. The layoff showed at times and in the end, the Patriots earned a 3-1 victory over Lumberton, taking the match, 25-13, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18.
“We played well in moments, but it’s not enough to play well just for certain parts of the match,” said Lumberton head coach Brandi Andrews. “We didn’t play well and we have to do a better job of communicating.”
Lumberton (0-3, 0-1) jumped on the Patriots early in the first game, as Lindette Locklear had a run of five straight aces to help the Pirates build a 6-0 advantage. However, Pinecrest (4-5, 1-0) which advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last season and has been to the state playoffs the last three years in a row didn’t panic. Slowly chipping away at the lead and then using a 9-2 burst, the Patriots were able to rally and go up 14-10.
A service error got Lumberton back to within 14-11, but eight straight points including four aces by Paige Horne and three kills from Addysen George pushed the Patriots out to a 22-11 advantage and they took the first game, 25-13.
The second game of the match went back and forth until Pinecrest was able to open up a 19-16 lead. That was when the Pirates got into an offensive groove, scoring six straight points to go up 22-19.
George stopped the run with a kills to keep the Patriots within two points at 22-20, but three kills by Lumberton’s Nicole Chavis out of the next four points closed out the game for the Pirates, 25-21.
Game 3 was tied at 3 before Pinecrest scored the next six points to open up a 9-3 advantage. Lumberton closed the gap to 11-7, but the Patriots scored 12 of the next 13 points to make it 23-8 and they cruised to the 25-11 victory from there.
Game 4 went just about the same way Game 3 did, with the teams being even early on before a scoring run decided things. This time, a service error by Pinecrest got the Pirates within 7-5 before the Patriots ran off 10 of the next 12 points to make it 17-7 and take control of things. Down 20-10, Lumberton went on a 5-1 run to narrow the margin to 21-15, but the teams traded points from there and Pinecrest closed out the match with a 25-18 win.
George led Pinecrest with 15 kills and four aces and Jennifer McElligott added seven kills for the Patriots in the win. Locklear finished with 12 aces and five kills to lead Lumberton’s offense and Chavis tossed in nine kills for the Pirates. Lumberton is back in action Tuesday, going to Hoke County for another Southeastern Conference match.
Scotland County sweeps Purnell Swett
The Rams (7-2, 0-1) opened Southeastern Conference play with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 loss to the Fighting Scots in Pembroke. Laura Bird had 16 assists and nine digs, Josey Oxendine finished with eight kills, Morgan Chavis had 11 digs and Erin Kenworthy had six kills for Swett in the loss.
Purnell Swett goes to Richmond County for another conference match Tuesday.
Lumberton shuts out Richmond County
The Pirates (4-1, 2-1) steamrolled the Raiders in Rockingham to move above the .500 mark in the Southeastern Conference.
Lumberton’s top four singles players lost just five games total and only one singles match went three sets. In the three doubles matches, the Pirates dropped a total of six games.
Lumberton plays again Tuesday, hosting Scotland County in a conference match.
South Robeson wins four-team meet
South Robeson took both team titles at a four-team meet at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton Wednesday, beating Red Springs, St. Pauls and Fairmont.
In the girls race, South Robeson finished with 24 points. Leading the way was race winner Nicorie Sinclair, who covered the 5K (3.1 mile) course in 25:58. Tiara Walker was third, Erica King came in fourth and Crystal Davis was fifth for the Mustangs.
On the boys side, South Robeson won with a total of 25 points. Anthony Ratliff (second, 19:49) led the way, followed by Quinton Page (fourth), Jeremy Lewis (fifth) and Jackie Revels (sixth).