MHS girls face 3 straight road matches
The Middlesex High varsity volleyball team fought back to defeat visiting Rappahannock on September 3; lost a tight five-game match at Lancaster on September 4; and swept Rappahannock on September 8.
On September 3 at Rappahannock, Middlesex lost the first game 25-15 before taking the next three games 26-24, 25-16 and 25-14.
“Once again, we started slow, but quickly gained momentum,” said Lady Charger coach Jennifer Harrow. “My starters just couldn’t click during the first game.”
Harrow made a few changes in the second game, and the Lady Chargers came alive. “Raquel Pierce’s enthusiasm on and off the court helps keep the team excited,” Harrow said. “She also had some great passes.”
Ashley Figg, Kelsey Hainley, Danielle Montgomery and Megan Payne “helped pull Middlesex through the last three games with great serving,” said Harrow.
Ashley Figg led the Lady Chargers with 14 points (3 aces), 5 assists and 4 kills.
Megan Payne added 9 points (6 aces), 6 kills and 2 digs.
Kelsey Hainley had 8 points (3 aces) and an assist.
Danielle Montgomery had 7 points (2 aces), 2 digs, 7 kills and a block.
Also for the Lady Chargers, Jamie Davis, 4 points (1 ace), 2 digs; Raquel Pierce, 3 points (1 ace); Maggie Hall, 2 aces, 1 dig; Chelsea Lewter, 4 points; Hayley Guess, 1 ace; Ashae Burnett, 1 kill; Kelly Purcell, 2 assists; and Lauren Figg, 1 dig.
After losing the first and second games (25-20, 25-23) to Lancaster on September 4, Middlesex came back and won the next two games 25-22 and 25-19.
Middlesex recovered from a slow start and got behind in the third game and it looked like it might be an early night for the Lady Chargers. “The girls were determined to win,” said Harrow. “They took the third game and breezed through the fourth working hard, communicating well, and being aggressive both offensively and defensively.”
The Lady Chargers’ determination forced a showdown in game five. However, Middlesex didn’t sustain its momentum and lost 15-7. “We fell apart in the fifth game,” said Harrow. “We played like we were scared to lose instead of continuing with strong hits and serves.
“Kelsey Hainley really had a great serving and hitting game,” Harrow said. “She was really pounding them down!”
On Monday, Middlesex swept Rappahannock in three games, 25-11, 25-14 and 15-6.
“The girls connected once again,” said Harrow. “They talked well and were able to set up our offense well. We still have some things to work on, but we are getting better each match. This game was an all-over team effort.”
Ashley Figg racked up 20 points (7 aces), 2 digs, 8 assists and a kill.
Jamie Davis served for 11 straight points in the last game and tallied 14 points (4 aces), 3 digs and 2 kills.
Maggie Hall had 4 points, 3 digs and 3 kills. Hayley Guess had 4 points, one dig, one assist, 3 kills and 4 blocks with a point.
Danielle Montgomery had 3 kills and a block with a point.
Kelsey Hainley had 3 points (one ace), 3 digs, 7 assists, 2 kills and 3 blocks with a point.
Also for Middlesex, Raquel Pierce, 2 points, one kill; Caroline Davis, one point, one assist, one kill, one blocked point; Chelsea Lewter, one point, one kill; Kelly Purcell, 2 assists, one kill; Chelsi Blake, 2 points (one ace), one kill; Megan Payne, one dig, one assist; Lauren Figg, 2 kills.
The Lady Chargers are 3-1 and have three road games this week. They are at W&L on September 11, at Essex on September 15, and at Northumberland on September 18.
JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games follow at 7:30 p.m.