Lady Chargers down Lancaster
|Members of the 2009 Middlesex High School Lady Chargers varsity volleyball team include, front row (center), team captain Maggie Hall; second row, Jillien Puster, Allyson Sharpe, Chelsea Lewter, Jessica Dixon and Raquel Pierce; third row, Ashley Williams, Megan Payne and Caroline Davis; back row, coach Jennifer Harrow, Joey Stinchcomb, Ashley Lane, Kelsey Hainley, Chelsi Blake and Hayley Guess.|
The Lady Chargers (5-2) open their Tidewater District season on Tuesday, September 29, at West Point.
At Lancaster on Monday, Middlesex defeated the Lady Red Devils 25-16, 26-24 and 25-21.
“Although we won, I feel the girls didn’t play to the best of their ability,” said Middlesex coach Jennifer Harrow. “They still hesitate too much and need to be more decisive on the court.
“With district games around the corner, we still have some fine tuning,” she added. “We still have too many service errors for this level.”
Chelsi Blake had 8 points, 5 aces, a dig and 2 kills; and Ashley Williams recorded 6 points, an ace, 4 digs, a kill and a block ending in a point.
Also for Middlesex, Maggie Hall, 5 points, an ace, 2 digs, 2 kills; Kelsey Hainley, 4 points, 3 aces, 8 digs, 14 assists, 9 kills; Jillien Puster, 2 points, an ace, 6 digs, 15 assists, 15 kills; Hayley Guess, a dig, 4 kills, a block ending in a point; Caroline Davis, 2 points, an ace, 2 digs, 4 assists, 2 kills; Chelsea Lewter, an ace, 6 digs, an assist, a kill; Ashley Lane, 2 aces, 1 kill; Allyson Sharpe, 2 kills; Megan Payne, 2 digs; and Raquel Pierce, one dig.
During the third game, non-starters took the court. “They did a great job of finishing the win for us,” said Harrow.
On September 15, Middlesex played tough against visiting Essex. Middlesex lost the first and second games 25-16 and 26-24. The Lady Chargers fought back to win games three and four, 25-6 and 25-23. Essex prevailed in the final game 15-9 to take the match.
Coach Harrow noted that Kelsey Hainley could not play. “We really missed her,” she said.