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NHS handles Camden in opener

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Northeastern's Kelsey Pierce attempts to hit over the Camden block of Jaycie Staples and Madison Lindstrom, Tuesday. The Lady Eagles won in three.

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From staff reports

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CAMDEN -— The Northeastern volleyball team took two hard fought sets off of host Camden Tuesday, then pulled away in the third for the sweep.

It was the season opener for both schools, who hope to again stay at or near the top of their respective conferences. NHS won by a 27-25, 25-23 and 25-20 count.

The Lady Bruins led late in each of the first two sets, but troubles on the back row and passing were critical said coach Summer Sawyer.

“Like I told the girls, it’s just a matter of a few tweaks,” Sawyer said. “Passing killed us, and we gave up too many unforced errors.”

Maci Keaton provided a boost to give the Lady Eagles some breathing room in the third.

First-year coach Jessica Goninan opted to let her play on the front and back rows after the first set, and she credited the senior’s energy as a needed lift for the non-conference victory, Goninan’s first win as a coach at the high school level.

“The first set was a little shaky, but moving Maci all around just helped everyone,” Goninan said.

Down 22-21 in the second, a crucial dig by Northeastern’s Kelsey Pierce kept a point going that turned the tide. The Lady Eagles then won four of the next five to go ahead 2-0.

Pierce also provided a kill in the third for a 22-17 advantage before back-to-back scores by Keaton, who took match point with a shot in the middle hitter position.

Perquimans 3, Edenton 0: A day after the Lady Aces took care of Gates in straight sets, rival Perquimans turned the tables in the Lady Pirates’ first match of the season.

After a 25-20 first set, Perquimans went on to win 25-10 and 25-9. Sophomore duo Cayce Copley and Samantha Midgett combined for 14 kills while Midgett added 15 service points.

McCrae Knapp had 16 assists and Megan Denson stuffed the stat sheet with 12 service points, seven aces and six kills against Edenton (1-1).

“I thought we played pretty well for our first game,” Lady Pirates coach Kristie Thach said. “There are definitely some things that we need to work on, but there were several things that I thought we did well.”

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