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Perquimans volleyball cruises past Camden

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Neither coach expected Thursday night’s volleyball match between Camden and Perquimans to go the way that it did.

The rivalry between the Lady Bruins and Lady Pirates is usually one of the Albemarle Athletic Conference’s most competitive matchups, but the first of the three meetings between the two in 2018 was all Perquimans.

At home, the Lady Pirates swept Camden 25-13, 25-15, 25-2.

“I wasn’t expecting to win in three and in that fashion,” Perquimans coach Kristie Thach said. “I’m absolutely happy and ecstatic that it turned out the way it did, but I just think we came out and played aggressive.”

The Lady Pirates (9-1, 4-0 AAC) went on a handful of long extended runs in the three sets. They scored 17 unanswered points to close out the final set and finish the sweep.

Senior Samantha Midgett was back to serve for all 17 of those points, ending up with seven aces and a kill in that span.

The middle hitter finished the match with eight kills and 18 serving points.

“She’s got a great serve,” Thach said. “She’d serve it short, then she’d serve it deep. She just had them all over the place.She’s a leader and the girls are confident in her when she goes to the line.”

Other standout Lady Pirates were seniors Cayce Copley, Cala Robertson, and junior McKayle Knapp. Copley finished with 16 kills, while Knapp finished with 14 service points, second on the team behind only Midgett.

Robertson had a team-leading 12 digs.

Opposite of Perquimans’ dominant finish to the third set was its dominant beginning to the second set.

The Lady Pirates scored the set’s first 13 points as Camden (6-3, 2-1 AAC) couldn’t come back from that deficit, though the Lady Bruins did manage to outscore Perquimans 15-12 before the Lady Pirates eventually reached its 25th point.

“I think we just got down on ourselves and didn’t fight back hard enough to get out of the hole,” Camden coach Ashley Miller said.

Camden started the match off promising in the first set. It rattled off five straight points to take a 5-1 lead and eventually led Perquimans 8-5.

The Lady Pirates responded with their first of three 5-0 runs in the set and took control of the match from that point on.

Perquimans outscored the Lady Bruins 20-5 after the 8-5 deficit, eventually scoring 33 of 38 points going into the second set.

Granted 8-5 isn’t terribly tough to come back from, Thach was thrilled to see her team erase that deficit and take hold of the match as soon as they did.

“I think it says a lot about them to come out of the first set like that,” Thach said. “The first set is the one where you’re the most hype and the most ready. We got down and didn’t let it break our spirit, knowing it was early and that we had time. We were just going to keep fighting.”

It wasn’t the match Miller had hoped to see from the Lady Bruins as she said she was disappointed in how they played, but the silver lining for her is that this was only the first match against Camden’s rival.

“The good news is we get to see them two more times,” Miller said.

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