MHS girls host Cavs tonight
by Tom Chillemi
The Middlesex High varsity volleyball team lost to Mathews and defeated West Point in recent Tidewater District action.
Mathews defeated visiting Middlesex on October 9 in three games, 25-9, 25-13 and 25-10.
“Although our scores don’t reflect it, the girls actually played stronger and more consistent than they have been,” said Middlesex coach Jennifer Harrow.
Mathews, the defending state champion, “has a very strong team this year,” said Harrow. “We played strong and didn’t give up, which is a change from past teams. I was very proud of them.”
Madison Thomas led Middlesex with 5 kills, an assist and 2 digs; Jordan Walton added 2 kills, 4 assists and 4 digs; Sarah Ann Goodrich, 3 kills, 5 digs; Erika Britton, 6 assists, 5 digs; Chelsea Hall, an ace, 2 kills, an assist; Shelby Lewter, 3 kills; Angel Abbott, a dig; Brooke Rowe a kill; Brittin Payne and Mollie Ballantyne, 2 digs each.
On October 11, Middlesex defeated West Point in four games, 25-18, 25-15, 21-25 and 25-21.
“We should have been done in three,” said Harrow. “We had a strong beginning and lost energy as we continued while West Point picked it up at the end of the second and third games. We have to learn how to keep our energy going through an entire match.”
Jordan Walton had two long serving streaks in games three and four.
Payne came in during the fourth game with a renewed energy and played a strong defensive game, Harrow noted. “She had one awesome save that seemed to energize the whole team. She also “had a lot of smart hitting placements.”
Payne was the Lady Chargers’ kill leader with 13. She also recorded 2 aces, 13 kills, 9 digs and one assist. Sarah Ann Goodrich had 11 kills, 11 digs and one assist.
Also for Middlesex, Walton head 7 aces, 2 kills, 25 assists, and 10 digs; Britton, 2 aces, 1 kill, 7 assists, 1 dig; Hall, 1 ace, 8 kills, 7 assists, 2 digs; Thomas, 3 aces, 3 kills, 4 digs, one assist; Rowe, 3 kills, one assist, one dig; Morgan Blake, 2 aces, 4 digs; Abbott 1 kill, 7 digs; and Shelby Lewter, 1 dig.
Middlesex also played in the Peninsula Catholic Tournament on October 12 and 13.
“The tournament had some strong teams playing, but we certainly didn’t play to our level in any of our matches,” said Harrow. “The girls have to start believing in themselves and how good they are and put their hearts into every match. We still have a chance to go as far as they want, but our time is running short. I know they can do it.”
Middlesex must defeat King William Thursday, October 18, in Saluda to be a contender for second place in the district. “We will have to lay it all on the line,” said Harrow.
In the Peninsula Catholic Tournament, Middlesex lost to Nansemond-Suffolk 25-12, 25-17 and 25-10, For MHS, Walton had 1 ace, 2 kills, 9 assists, 4 digs and one solo block; Payne, 6 kills, 5 digs; Ballantyne, 3 kills, one assist, 3 digs and one solo block.
Also for Middlesex, Hall, one assist, one dig; Lewter, one dig; Thomas, one ace, 2 kills, one dig, one solo block; Abbott, 3 digs; Goodrich, 2 kills, 2 digs; and Rowe, one ace, 3 kills; and Lauren Bleeker, 2 digs
Peninsula Catholic defeated Middlesex 25-12, 25-12 and 25-17.
For Middlesex, Goodrich recorded 4 kills and 4 digs; Payne, one kill, one assist, 3 digs, one solo block; Walton, 3 aces, one kills, 6 assists, 5 digs; Britton, 3 assists; Ballantyne, one kill; Thomas, 2 aces, one kill and Abbott, one kill, one dig.
Pallotti defeated Middlesex 25-14, 25-20 and 25-12. Payne led MHS with 3 kills, one assist, 5 digs, and one solo block, Walton one ace, 7 kills, 5 assists, 7 digs; Britton, 6 assists, 2 digs, one solo block; Ballantyne, one kill, one dig; Lewter, 6 digs, 2 solo blocks; Thomas 2 kills, one dig; Abbott, 2 digs; Goodrich, one dig; Morgan Blake, one kill, 2 digs; Beth Eanes, one assist; Brooke Rowe, one kill, one solo block; and Lauren Bleeker one kill, 4 digs.
Middlesex will host King William on Thursday, October 18, and is at King and Queen on Tuesday, October 23. Both are district games. The JVs play at 6 p.m. and the varsity follows at 7:30 p.m.