Lady Chargers best Lady Raiders at home

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Western Tidewater volleyball teams took to the court on Monday for an out-of-conference and division match with the Div. II home team coming out on top in straight sets.

IWA’s Carson Saunders tips the ball over the stretched arms of SA’s Mason Pope. -- CAIN MADDEN | THE TIDEWATER NEWS

IWA’s Carson Saunders tips the ball over the stretched arms of SA’s Mason Pope. — CAIN MADDEN | THE TIDEWATER NEWS

The Isle of Wight Academy Lady Chargers had been on a three-game losing streak when the Div. III Southampton Academy Lady Raiders visited, while SA had been on a two-game winning streak.

The Lady Raiders jumped out by a point in the first set but quickly fell behind 1-9 before scoring their next point. However, shortly after SA’s Head Coach Crystal Butler called a timeout, the Lady Raiders returned the favor and went on a long run. They evened it up at 9-all with Jordan Marks tapping it over where a Lady Charger couldn’t get under it.

The teams evened it up again at 10, 11, 12 and 13 before IWA started to pull away and ultimately won the set 25-17.

In the next set, the Lady Chargers would start out scoring the first 7 points. The Lady Raiders then put together a run, but Ashley Petroski broke that momentum with a couple of timely kills to put IWA up 11-3. SA would go on a couple of runs to close the gap at 17-10, and then again at 16-21, but that’s as close as they got as IWA put it away 25-18.

In the final set, the Lady Raiders came out strong early, going up 4-1 before IWA got back into it at 5-all. SA would again string together some points, going up 10-5, but again the Lady Chargers closed the gap at 12-all and started to pull ahead. The closest the Lady Raiders got again was 16-15 IWA, as the Lady Chargers ultimately put it away 25-19.

For IWA, Nani Castillo had 8 aces and a 100 percent serving rate; Petroski had 6 kills; Carson Saunders had 6 kills and 3 blocks; Myranda Waugh had 10 assists; Trish Webb had 4 digs; and Maddie Ek had 3 aces and 4 kills.

On the other side of the net, Mason Pope had 3 aces, 4 blocks and 2 kills; Allison Matthews had 7 digs; and Haley Drewry had 2 aces.

Lady Charger Head Coach Jessica Brock felt that her team could have played better against the smaller division team, but she still thought it was a good non-conference win.

In VISAA Metro conference play, the Lady Chargers are in the seventh spot with a 3-8 conference record. IWA is in 13th place in the Division II region.

In the VISAA Commonwealth Conference, the Lady Raiders are in a close battle with Kenston Forest and Fuqua School for the first spot, all at 8-2. SA is in seventh place in the Division III region.