ROCKINGHAM — Altman Griffin’s 16 kills helped the Richmond Senior volleyball team take down West Montgomery without a scratch Tuesday evening, winning 3-0 over the visiting Lady Warriors.
“She did a really good job of stepping up and taking the ball when it was her time,” coach Shellie Wimpey said of Griffin. “She found the holes and she swung hard. And that kind of gets the team pumped when someone’s getting that many kills on your side.”
Griffin also had seven digs, four aces and two blocks in the match.
“We played really good tonight,” Wimpey added. “I think playing Saturday really helped us out. We played some good competition and then it rolled over to today.”
The Lady Raiders played four matches (two games each) in the Black and Gold Classic at UNC-Pembroke this past Saturday, Aug. 20 — losing one game and tying in the other three.
It was originally reported that they won a game, lost two and tied one at UNC-Pembroke.
“We were inconsistent on Saturday. It was win one, lose one, win one, lose one,” she continued. “And I think they realized that when they step up and play as a team, they can win and they can beat anybody. So, I think they realized that’s what they’re going to have to do every game.”
Wimpey didn’t have to worry about inconsistency Tuesday night. It was more about resiliency.
West Montgomery (2-2) scored the first point of each game, but Richmond never trailed by more than three points on the night.
The Lady Raiders fell behind 14-11 in the first game, but ended up winning 25-20.
In the second set, which also ended with the Lady Raiders on top 25-20, they controlled the tempo — forcing two West Montgomery timeouts.
Wimpey had to call a timeout in the final game after the Lady Warriors took an 11-8 lead, but Richmond scored five straight points to grab a two-point lead and then finished its opponent off with a Griffin ace — winning 25-17.
“We got really good passes tonight, which allowed our setter Mackenzie (Webb) to get some good sets and ultimately allowed Altman to get all of her kills,” Wimpey explained. “We started playing more like a team. I think this gives them a lot of confidence and hopefully a lot of momentum to continue that.”
Brianna Baysek had a team-high four blocks and was second with eight kills and three aces. Savannah Lampley led the team with 10 digs, Layne Maultsby had seven digs and Webb finished with 33 assists.
Richmond (1-2-3) will host Lee County on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
JV VOLLEYBALL FALLS 2-0
The junior varsity volleyball team almost forced a third game Tuesday afternoon, after it cut the West Montgomery lead to just one point (24-23), but a kill that sailed out of bounds ended the Lady Raiders’ chance at their third win on the season.
Richmond (2-1) lost the first game 25-16.
Taylor Parrish had a team-high five aces for the Lady Raiders, while Taliah Wall recorded three kills and three aces.
The JV squad will kick things off in Raider Gymnasium on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 4:30 p.m. against Lee County.
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