HRA gets last run over Lady Saints
Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It’s hard to call a five-game volleyball match a rout but Hampton Roads certainly routed Nansemond-Suffolk off its home floor in the tiebreaker game of Tuesday night’s match to come away with a 10-25, 26-24, 25-21, 19-25, 15-3 win.
After the Lady Saints (5-3) turned the match around in winning the fourth set, Hampton Roads turned up its blocking and hitting at the net and ran out to a 12-0 lead in the fifth set to decide the match.
NSA, coming into the match off a fine runner-up showing in a 12-team tournament in Washington, D.C., to start the season, plus a sweep victory at Collegiate in Richmond on Friday, looked as though it would roll through its home opener as well.
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Setter Quinby Hines and primary hitter Tori Dail clicked right from the start. Dail had five kills in helping NSA out to a 14-6 lead in the first set. Kaylor Nash and Dail got blocks on back-to-back points to make it 19-8 NSA, and the Lady Saints won the opening set easily.
Hampton Roads won the first five points in the next set and kept a comfortable lead until an 8-1 Lady Saint run gave NSA a 22-21 lead.
HRA won the next two points. Nash scored a kill off a poor HRA pass to make it 23-all. From 24-all, HRA took the lead with an NSA error and a Lady Navigator block took game point.
Hampton Roads led throughout the third set. HRA moved out to a 16-7 advantage. NSA fought part of the way back, closing to within a 22-20 HRA lead, before HRA regained control and took the lead in the match.
The urgency of losing the match temporarily paid off for the Lady Saints. Morgan Daughtry, who had one kill through the first three sets, put down two kills as NSA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth set.
Dail served two aces in a good run taking NSA to a 12-6 lead. NSA led 19-10 before HRA drew back to within a four-point margin on a couple of occasions.
Hines set for a Nash spike for an important sideout and a 22-17 Lady Saint lead. Hines to Dail for a kill took set point to bring up the tiebreaker set.
Through most of the first four sets, the Lady Navigator diving and digging matched NSA’s hitting. In the final set, HRA suddenly became a blocking power.
NSA called a timeout trying to stop the HRA run at 5-0. Back-to-back NSA net violations made it 7-0. An HRA block followed by an ace made it 9-0.
A second NSA timeout didn’t change anything. HRA’s fourth block of the set made it 12-0 and block No. 5 made it 13-1.
Hines finished with 32 assists. Dail had 19 kills and four aces. Nash added six kills and two blocks.
NSA hosts Bishop Sullivan on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Saints go to Roanoke for a tournament at North Cross School on Saturday.