The Lady Pirates were outdone in scores of 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 to drop to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. Though Lumberton would hang with the Fighting Scots early in the opening game, Scotland quickly took over and pulled away for the 10-point victory.
Lumberton’s Aliyah Ratley was solid in the beginning, tying the first game at 5-5 after a diving dig set up teammate Meagan Skipper for a kill that Scotland couldn’t defend. From there, however, Maddie Milholland and Greta Griswold would jump-start Scotland.
Griswold would notch the majority of her seven combined kills in the first game, while Milholland proved to be a force at the net with key blocks and kills that would land in the gaps of the Lumberton defense. Both were instrumental in a 10-3 run to set the pace for the Scots. The Pirates would counter with a combination of length and crisp serving in the second game, led by Jenna Smith who notched three aces to help her team spark a 4-1 run that brought them into another 5-5 tie with Scotland.
Meanwhile, Katlyn Singletary, deflected several attempted kills from Pridgen and Libby Ingram, including three consecutive blocks to keep Lumberton in the second game. But Griswold would help Scotland seal the deal yet again, with one of her team-high four aces ending the second game emphatically to secure the 25-15 Scotland victory.
Scotland setter Jessi Kee and hitter Libby Ingram anchored the third and deciding game with a string of seven straight points.
Swett tops Hoke, Bulldogs fall to Knights
RAEFORD — The Purnell Swett volleyball team defeated Hoke County, 3-1, in a Southeastern Conference match Tuesday at Hoke. The Lady Rams penciled in a 25-10, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22 league victory.
In Three Rivers Conference action, St. Pauls was shut out by West Bladen, 3-0, falling 25-16, 25-16, 25-13. Kaitlyn Sykes had 10 service points to lead the Lady Knights (8-2). St. Pauls drops to 4-4 on the season.