Lady Raiders lose to Fillies, beat Trojans
by John R. McNeil II
The Lady Raiders split last week’s matches at home against the Fillies of Bridgeport and the Manson Trojans.
Against the Fillies, the Lady Raiders were out of sync and the Fillies played hard, aggressive volleyball in a match sweep of the Lady Raiders.
Brianna Goggles-Whalawitsa led the squad in serving for the night, scoring 11 points.
“She made a difference with her serving,” commented Head Coach Nate Piturachsatit.
The coach noted that, although the team served with 91-percent success in the game, only two of their serves were aces and the team recorded only 10 kills for the night.
“Its hard to win a game when you can’t put pressure on a tough team,” he said.
Those stats flipped Thursday as LR recovered for the second match of the week, taking advantage of Trojan mistakes to score points, which led to a 3-1 victory.
With 77-percent serving in the match, LR delivered 19 aces. Add 23 kills and five blocks for the contrast that made the difference.
Holly Jo Carriere recorded six service aces against the Trojans. Kayley Duclos added four more aces for the Lady Raiders. And Cheyenne Kelly-Marconi contributed eight kills and three blocks against Manson.
LR is on the road this week, traveling to Liberty Bell tomorrow and to Pateros on Saturday. Liberty Bell’s win-loss stands at 5-2, with wins over Tonasket and Oroville.
“We need to continue to serve strong if we are going to win against Liberty Bell on Thursday,” Piturachsatit said. And a little change up in defense won’t hurt either.
The Mountain Lions lost 3-2 to the Fillies Oct 3, and were swept by the unbeaten Nannies of Pateros Sept. 28.
The match at Liberty Bell starts at 5 p.m. at Liberty Bell High School. Saturday, at Pateros High School, the match starts at 11 a.m.
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