SA’s pursuit of volleyball state title comes up short

Published 12:15 am Saturday, November 8, 2008

Southampton Academy’s volleyball season came to an end Friday in the Virginia Independent Schools Division III semifinals.

Trailing 2-0, North Cross came back to win the next three games and drop the Lady Raiders 3-2.

Southampton Academy, ranked third in the state, finished the season with a 22-1 record.

The Lady Raiders won the first two games, 25-18 and 25-19, and took advantage of North Cross mistakes.

“They made a lot of mistakes in the first two games, and we were able to take advantage of it,” said Shawn Denne, SA head coach.

North Cross, ranked No. 2 in the state, came back and won the final three games, 25-15, 25-17 and 15-11.

Denne said his team played well under pressure.

“As far as talent and ability, they were definitely a better team than us,” Denne said. “We overachieved all year. Probably no one would have believed that we would be 22-0 going into the state semifinals. They all stepped up and they all played well.”

Emma Fretts had 11 assists and 5 kills and Lindsay Raulston had 7 assists and 6 kills to lead the Lady Raiders.

North Cross advanced to play the winner of the Grace Christian-Timberlake Christian School seminfal in Saturday’s championship game.