Staff photo by Keri Pampuch   Bianca Berry and Camden handled Columbia in three sets, Thursday.
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Staff photo by Keri Pampuch Bianca Berry and Camden handled Columbia in three sets, Thursday.

Camden volleyball cruises in Coastal opener

From Staff Reports

From staff reports

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CAMDEN — Looks like more of the same in the race for a Coastal 10 Conference volleyball title.

The league’s third year have Perquimans and Camden both taking care of their respective Coastal foes on Thursday.

The Lady Bruins, who finished second to the Lady Pirates last fall, rocked visiting Columbia by a 25-9, 25-15 and 25-4 outcome.

Both squads lost All-Area players to graduation but expect to still be the primary contenders when they meet for their two league encounters later in the season.

The victory completed a three-match opening week for Camden (2-1), who lost to Currituck, then beat Northeastern in four sets before starting its 18-match conference schedule Thursday.

Jaycie Staples had six aces followed by six from Betsy Baldwin and four each from Brittany Mansfield and Jamie McKinney.

McKinney, Kendall Leary and Amanda Durden had five assists each.

Camden gets a second crack at Currituck on Monday at home, then goes to Gates on Tuesday and hosts 
Creswell Thursday.

Perquimans 3, Manteo 0: The Lady Pirates took care of one of the few schools not named Camden that’s shown it could contend in the Lady Redskins.

Perquimans coach Kristie Thach said her team had some adversity trailing in the opening game before winning 25-17, 25-14 and 25-19 on Thursday to begin the team’s season.

“We had some first game jitters but once we settled in, we played pretty well,” Thach said.

Returning hitter Kele Younger had six kills, 13 service points and four aces. Taylor Chappell had 10 service points and 11 assists while Autumn Bateman followed with five kills and five service points.

“Overall I’m pleased with how they played,” Thach said.