TA girls defeat SA 3-2 in volleyball

Published 3:39 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WAKEFIELD—Tidewater Academy’s girls’ volleyball team came from behind to defeat rival Southampton Academy 3-2 on Tuesday night.

“They played really hard,” said Warrior Coach Amanda Binford. “We had to work hard last night. We were down from the beginning. We came back and won the second, fourth and fifth match.”

Tidewater’s scores were 23-25, 25-12, 17-25, 25-23 and 15-13.

“It was definitely one of the best volleyball games I have seen in a while,” said Southampton Academy Coach Sarah Nixon. “Tidewater and Southampton have always had the school rivalry and we knew it would be a tough game going in.”

The Lady Raiders’ three losses for the season have gone to five games.

“And we lost it the very last points,” Nixon said. “It’s tough to swallow, but we lost to good volleyball teams. There isn’t really much to be upset about when you play a team that close.”

Lady Warrior Cary Beahm led with 23 kills and six blocks. Tyler Stephenson and Samantha Dunn had 11 assists each and Taylor Pruitt had three aces.

For the Lady Raiders, Katelyn Newsome had 11 kills and four blocks. Beth Waller had 14 assists.

“Sophomore Morgan Pope had a great game last night,” Nixon said. “She was a very solid force against the Lady Warriors. It was definitely a tough loss, but the girls are playing well together.”

Southampton will host Amelia Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, and Tidewater will travel to Amelia for a 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, game.