Lady Saints find rhythm again

Published 11:45 pm Friday, October 8, 2010

Hard spike: Nansemond-Suffolk’s Kelsie Halberg sends a spike past two Collegiate blockers Friday during NSA’s win over the visitors from Richmond in a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal match which Collegiate won. NSA won 25-13, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21.

Nansemond-Suffolk’s girls volleyball squad finished up an otherwise trying week by gaining a measure of revenge over the school that knocked the Lady Saints out of the VIS (Virginia Independent Schools) State Tournament last year.

The Lady Saints beat visiting Collegiate (Richmond) 25-13, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21 to finish a week that included conference losses to Norfolk Academy and Cape Henry.

Last November in Richmond, the Lady Cougars beat NSA in five sets in the state quarters. On Friday, this year’s squads traded momentum, even just within the fourth and final set, but the Lady Saints were steadier overall.

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After winning the first set easily, NSA led 19-16 late in the second set only for Collegiate to rally and even the match.

NSA suddenly returned to form in getting out to an 11-3 lead in the third set, led largely by Tori Dail’s hitting and Kela Bogaard’s blocking.

The Lady Saints cruised through the third set, but the match flipped again with the Lady Cougars jumping out to a 14-8 lead in the fourth set.

NSA had the next turn of momentum and back-to-back kills by Margaret Davies knotted the game at 17-17. Quinby Hines, NSA’s primary setter, didn’t set, but instead put a shot over on NSA’s second touch for a kill and NSA led 18-17.

Collegiate answered with three straight points and was closing in on forcing a fifth set.

Another kill by Hines earned a key side out and a block by Kelsie Halberg tied the set. It was Hines in her usual role, setting for a kill by Dail, to put NSA up 21-20. The Lady Saints kept the lead from there.

Dail finished with 20 kills, seven aces and eight digs. Hines set for 34 assists and Bogaard added four blocks.

The Lady Saints (9-7) return to Tidewater Conference play, in which they’re off to a 1-2 start, Tuesday hosting Walsingham at 5:15 p.m.