Lady Warriors sweep KF

Published 8:18 pm Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It wasn’t easy in the first two sets for the Lady Warriors, but Nansemond River’s girls volleyball team completed a season sweep over city rival King’s Fork on Tuesday night at Nansemond River, winning 25-22, 25-22, 25-7.

In its last chance for a win over a Suffolk rival this season, King’s Fork kept the match close throughout the first set and had a huge rally in the second set, but neither set turned out in KF’s favor.

In the opening set, setter Jamika Townsend and hitter Megan Blythe was a strong combination for the Lady Bulldogs. KF led 11-7 before a 6-0 NR run on Courtney Lowers’ service.

The Lady Warriors couldn’t keep the lead though as KF came back and got the lead at 16-15 on an ace by Monica Logwood.

Nansemond River took a 20-19 lead on a kill by Sara Gallagher, but KF answered with a kill by Townsend and a block by Renikqua Ricks to go up 21-20.

NR’s Danielle Gallagher scored with a kill directly off a bad KF pass to put NR ahead 23-22 and NR finished the set with an ace by Lowers and a foul called on KF on set point.

The second set finished with an identical score, but it took a much different path to get there as the teams traded long runs.

NR opened with a 6-1 lead only for the Lady Bulldogs to score seven of the next eight points and take the lead, 8-7.

With most of the run coming on good serving from C.J. Wood, Nansemond River went on a 10-1 run to build a 17-9 lead. Nansemond River was cruising to take the set with a 22-12 lead before KF made things difficult.

KF scored six straight points, with five coming on Townsend’s serve and a pair of those five coming on kills by Alaysha Mikell.

NR scored the next two points to get to 24-18, but King’s Fork fought off four set points before the Lady Warriors got the final point they needed.

Up two sets to none, the Lady Warriors used that momentum in the final set. NR got out to a 10-2 lead and the set was never in doubt.

Shanna Coriano led NR with 10 assists and three aces. Lowers had six kills. Danielle Gallagher had five kills and two blocks.

Townsend had nine assists and three kills for KF. Blythe had four kills. KF (0-12, 0-11) hosts Western Branch on Thursday with the girls varsity match starting at 7 p.m.

Nansemond River (5-8, 4-8) plays at Great Bridge on Thursday night.