MHS girls lose twice heading into district matches
The Middlesex High varsity volleyball team suffered twin setbacks in recent action, losing a close match to Lancaster in five games on September 22, and being swept by Northumberland in three games on September 18.
Middlesex (4-4) started with a 25-23 win against visiting Lancaster on Monday, but lost the next two games 25-17 and 25-16. Middlesex took game four 25-23 setting up the fifth game showdown, which Lancaster won 15-12.
The girls played a solid first game, said MHS coach Jennifer Harrow. “They served, passed, and hit well. We played as a team and with confidence.”
Harrow said the Lady Chargers lost confidence after the first game. “After that we made ourselves work harder than we needed to score.”
The Lady Chargers took an early lead in the last game, “but started playing cautiously instead of aggressively like we had been,” said Harrow.
Ashley Figg and Kelsey Hainley “had a strong setting night,” said Harrow. “Kelsey and Chelsi Blake had great hits at the net.”
Harrow is hoping the Lady Chargers will come together as a team for Tidewater District play that started on September 23 at West Point (visit SSentinel.com for results of that match). “Some players are on their game for one match but not the next,” said Harrow. “If we are going to do well in the district, we are going to have to get some consistency.”
For Middlesex, Kelsey Hainley had 14 points (4 aces), 15 assists, 1 dig and 12 kills; Chelsi Blake, 10 points (3 aces), 1 dig, 6 kills; Hayley Guess, 6 points (1 ace), 1 dig, 2 kills; Danielle Montgomery, 3 points, 1 dig, 6 kills; Ashley Figg, 5 points (2 aces), 18 assists, 2 kills; Jamie Davis, 2 points, 3 digs, 2 kills; Maggie Hall, 2 points, 1 dig; Megan Payne 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 kill.
Middlesex lost to visiting Northumberland in three games despite a good effort in game three. The Lady Indians won 25-16, 25-13 and 25-23.
“We definitely did not show up for this game,” said Harrow. “Northumberland played really strong defense against us, but we let a lot of balls hit the floor untouched.”
Davis had a good hitting game at the net and Hainley had strong serves, said Harrow. “But, we’ve got to get together as a team and play hard and accurately all the way around the court.”
Hainley served up 11 points (4 aces), 11 digs, 10 assists and 3 kills for Middlesex.
Also for Middlesex, Davis had 5 points (1 ace), 7 digs, 8 kills; Montgomery: 3 points (2 aces), 5 digs, 1 kill; Raquel Pierce, 3 points, 2 digs, 1 kill; Guess, 1 point, 3 digs, 1 kill; A. Figg, 5 digs, 3 assists, 3 kills; Hall, 5 digs, 1 kill; Kelly Purcell, 1 dig, 2 assists; Ashae Burnett, 1 block.
The Lady Chargers volleyball teams host district foe King William on Tuesday, September 30, and are at King and Queen on October 2 for another district match. JV games are at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.