ROCKINGHAM — Despite being swept by Jack Britt, Richmond Senior coach Shellie Wimpey was pleased with her team’s effort in the loss.
The Buccaneers pulled away for a 25-20, 28-26, 25-14 victory over the Raiders Wednesday evening. The defeat snapped Richmond’s four-game winning streak. The Raiders are now 4-3.
Wimpey called Jack Britt “the best team we have played” and added the match proved her team was set to begin its Southeastern Conference schedule. Richmond will take on Hoke 6 p.m. today at Raider Gymnasium in the league opener for both schools.
“I think the girls stepped up to the competition today,” Wimpey said. “I saw a lot of good things out there and some things we need to work on.
“After playing like we did against Jack Britt, I believe we are prepared for conference.”
Jack Britt closed out the first game by scoring eight of the final 10 points. Taylor Conkin served the final three points for the Buccaneers and recorded two aces, including the game-winner.
Richmond had two opportunities to pull out Game 2. The first came after a hitting error by the Buccaneers gave the Raiders a 24-23 lead, but Haley View notched a kill to keep her team alive in the game. Moments later, View’s attempted kill sailed wide to push Richmond in front 26-25.
During the ensuing rally, Richmond’s Bre McKinnon was unable to put down her attack, that tied the game at 26. Jack Britt’s Kristin Williams then served two consecutive aces to allow her team to take the second game.
The Buccaneers used strong serving — recording eight aces in Game 3 — to build a lead as large as 12 points to close out the sweep.
“Yesterday we didn’t play very well,” Wimpey said. “I’m proud of the way they stepped up today. We have no more room to be sluggish. Even though we played well against Jack Britt, we have to play like this all the time.”
Lightning cancels soccer match
ROCKINGHAM — Sergio Chaparro got Richmond Senior off to a fast start with two goals in the opening 28 minutes.
Manuel Zapato assisted on each of Chaparro’s goals.
The only problem is that they will not count.
Officials were forced to cancel Wednesday’s matchup between Richmond and Forest Hills because of lightning just before halftime. Richmond coach Bennie Howard said the contest will not be made up.
Richmond (4-0) will return to action 7 p.m. Monday when it travels to Southern Lee. The team will then open Southeastern Conference play 7 p.m. Wednesday when Hoke visits Raider Stadium.
In the junior varsity contest, Victor Roman scored the game’s only goal as Richmond pulled out a 1-0 victory over Forest Hills. The contest was shortened because of lightning.
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