By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Triton took the opening set, but Midway’s volleyball team rallied to take the match 3-1 by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-12 and 28-26 on Triton’s senior night Monday.
“We struggled that first set,” said Midway coach Brandy Wrench. “We started out good and then I don’t know why we started losing it. Little petty mistakes. We cleaned that up and came back in the second. The third, we played like champions out there. And then turned around in the fourth and really had to fight.”
“I don’t know why we didn’t have it together,” said Triton coach Wendy Simmons. “We still commit too many mistakes. You’re not going to win like that.”
Since starting the season 2-2, Midway has won 14 straight matches.
Junior Alyssa Wrench tallied 10 kills, three blocks, 23 digs and two aces on 10 service points to lead the Raiders (17-2).
“She’s a strong hitter,” coach Wrench said. “We’ve got some really strong hitters up on that front line.
Coach Wrench also noted the performance of senior Hannah Lucas, who came through with key plays at crucial times on both offense and defense for Midway. She totaled six kills, one assist and 10 digs.
“Right when we needed it, Hannah Lucas was stepping in and making those plays,” coach Wrench said. “You can’t ask for a better player than that, that’s doing those plays at that time that you really need it the most.”
Caitlyn Holland had eight kills, 15 digs, 15 assists and two aces on 12 service points. Rachel Hodges had eight kills, one block and five digs and held serve for two points. Kenzie Chavis had five kills, 15 assists, 10 digs and one ace on 10 service points.
Logan Baggett had four kills, two assists, six digs and three aces on 13 service points. Madee Royal had four kills, one assist, three blocks and four digs. Leah Williams had seven assists and 30 digs and held serve for six points. Maranda Byrd had one assist and four digs.
Senior Sophie Saltzman had a match-high 18 kills, a match-high six blocks and 10 digs to lead the Hawks (12-7).
Evie Pollard had nine kills, one block and one dig. Senior Cheyenne Hensley had four kills, a match-high 34 assists, one block and 17 digs and held serve for seven points. Senior Meredith Morris had three kills, one assist, a match-high 34 digs and two aces on 19 service points. Addie Matthews had three kills, one assist and 15 digs. Ella Layn had two kills, one assist, one block, 15 digs and one ace on six service points.
Senior Grace Gaines had two kills, one assist and 10 digs and held serve for four points. Gracyn Slaughter had one kill, one assist and six digs and held serve for one point.
Sarah Phillips had one assist and one dig. Hannah Jackson had two digs. Saltzman had one ace on five service points.
Midway also won the junior varsity match 2-1. Holding a 22-21 lead in the first set, Triton went on a 3-0 run, taking the set on a Pollard kill, assisted by Hensley.
Midway held set point at 24-19 in the second set, when Triton rallied to cut the lead one. But a Chavis kill, assisted by Williams ended the set.
Midway came out strong and Triton looked listless in the third set, as the Raiders opened on a 22-6 run. After substituting for nearly half of the starters, Triton battled with a 6-1 run, but a Chavis kill, assisted by Baggett, and a Triton error ended the set.
The teams battled throughout the fourth set, all the way into extra points.
With the score tied at 26, backto- back Hodges kills, one assisted by Chavis and one assisted by Williams, gave Midway the match.
Triton was at Tri-County Six 3-A Conference and Harnett County rival Harnett Central on Tuesday. That match had not ended at press time for this edition.
Triton Travels To Lee
Triton is at conference opponent Lee County and Midway is at East Central 2-A Conference foe Goldsboro to end the regular season Thursday.
Triton can claim at least a share of its regular season conference title by winning out. Midway claimed its outright regular season championship by sweeping James Kenan on the Raiders’ Senior Night on Thursday.
Meredith Morris registers a kill for the Hawks on Monday night.
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