SA volleyball team remains perfect

Published 4:36 pm Thursday, October 9, 2008

Southampton Academy’s girls volleyball team remained undefeated Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Fuqua School.

The Lady Raiders, who improved to 15-0 overall and 13-0 in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference, are ranked third in the Virginia Independent Schools Division 3 state rankings.

SA and Fuqua split the first two games by identical 25-20 scores. But the Lady Raiders prevailed 25-11 and 25-20 in the next two games.

Lindsay Raulston led SA with 15 assists, 12 kills, 2 aces and a dig. Forrest Best finished with 9 kills, 6 assists and 2 blocks. Emma Fretts had 9 assists, 6 kills and a dig. Monica Fretts finished with 3 assists, 2 kills and a block. Michalann Camp had 5 assists, 2 digs and a kill. Jamie Bradshaw finished with an assist and a kill. Also contributing were Beth Waller with 3 kills and an assist, Desty Heikens with 4 assists and a dig, Catherine Glover with 2 kills and an assist and Madison McFarland with an assist.

“They didn’t play very well overall tonight,” SA coach Shawn Denne said of his squad. “I think some of it had to do with a late game at Christchurch (Tuesday) night, and some of them didn’t get back to school until a quarter after 11. Some of the girls didn’t get home until after midnight. After a long trip, I think that had a lot to do with it.

“I’m not going to take anything away from Fuqua. They’re significantly better than the first time we played them. I think we figured, ‘All right, they’re here; let’s go ahead and beat them no problem because we’ve already beaten them once.’ They’ve definitely improved. Them improving and us having a very bad night is the reason this was as close as it was. They played well and we did not. We had way, way too many errors.”

In earlier action, SA’s junior varsity team lost 2-0 to Fuqua. Under first-year head coach Jenna Edwards, the JV Lady Raiders are 11-2 overall and 9-2 in the VCC.

The Raiders travel to Blackstone on Tuesday night to play Kenston Forest. The JV plays at 6 p.m., followed immediately by varsity action.