Lady Saint streak goes to six

Published 11:37 pm Friday, September 23, 2011

Nansemond-Suffolk’s Kela Bogaard scored six of her team-high 10 kills in the first set of NSA’s 25-11, 25-7, 25-15 win over visiting Portsmouth Christian Thursday evening. The Lady Saints won their sixth straight match and are 11-3 on the season.

Nansemond-Suffolk cruised to its sixth straight volleyball win Thursday night with a three-set sweep against visiting Portsmouth Christian, 25-11, 25-7, 25-15.

The Lady Saints are rolling despite having their biggest hitter, Tori Dail, and starting setter, Quinby Hines, on the sideline with injuries.

For the eight healthy Lady Saints, new spots in the rotation and different roles and responsibilities have been opportunities instead of problems.

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“Everybody’s done a great job of stepping up,” said NSA head coach Robyn Ross.

“I’m notorious in that I don’t play my bench very often, so for all the girls to show what they can do, and that we can rely on them, it’s really been fun to watch,” Ross said.

Dail earned MVP honors as the Lady Saints won the title at Saturday’s North Cross Invitational in Roanoke. Dail and Hines had been playing through the last couple weeks with minor injuries. Both could’ve played had Thursday’s contest been a critical one Ross said.

At this point in the season though, prior to Tidewater Conference matches starting, rest is the best idea especially since the winning streak continues anyway.

With Hines out, the setter position moved to Kaylor Nash. Nash piled up 45 assists in NSA’s win versus Windsor Tuesday.

“We were working with Kaylor (on setting) over the summer,” Ross said. “It’s never completely optimal for us because she’s one of our best passers and hitters, and when she’s setting she can’t do either of those as often.”

NSA’s attack still ran smoothly against the Lady Patriots. Nash and center hitter Kela Bogaard teamed up for five kills as the Lady Saints jumped out to a 14-4 lead in set one. Lizzy Fowler, upon moving into the starting lineup, helped with the setting as well with four assists in the first set.

The Lady Saints ran off a 14-1 rally to take a 17-4 lead in the second set. NSA rolled to a 10-3 lead in the third set.

Nash spread the ball around like a veteran setter. Five Lady Saints, led by Breanna Barbeau hitting for three kills, got kills in the final set. Back row player Sarah Leggett added strong serving and defense throughout. Marina Schaubach had two kills and a block in the third set.

Nash finished with 23 assists and 13 digs. Libero Claire Shields had 10 digs. Bogaard led the hitting with 10 kills.

The Lady Saints (11-3) have two matches to go before going into TCIS play. NSA played at Norfolk Collegiate Friday night. NSA goes to Norfolk Academy Tuesday and has a conference match at Greenbrier Christian on Thursday.