Scotland cruises past Hoke
by Corbin Ensminger Sports editor
LAURINBURG — Scotland’s volleyball team was playing in a new rotation on Thursday against Hoke County, but you would not have known it. The Scots rolled over the Bucks in a fast, three-set match, winning 25-14, 26-16 and 25-10.
Scotland coach Molly Hayes said she recently changed up a few of the rotations. The team started playing in the new sets during practice on Wednesday, and came into the gym early before Thursday’s match to get a little extra practice.
Hayes thought there might be a few problems with so many players out of their normal position. But there were not, except for at the start of the second game when Hoke County took a 7-0 lead.
“They’re all not used to being where they are on the court. I figured we would have a little issues but I think they did find and overcame that no problem,” Hayes said.
In previous games the Scots had started off strong but sometimes fell prey to momentum swings and scoring droughts, although they still came out on top. On Thursday the Scots stayed composed the entire game, hitting and serving effectively.
“We had a few rotations where we kept getting stuck, and for whatever reason it just wasn’t clicking with the girls in the front row and the girls in the back row,” Hayes said. “I switched the order to prevent that. Last time we had some passers in the back and no top three hitters in the front row. Now I always have at least one of the top three hitters in the front so we can terminate volleys better.”
Even when the Scots fell behind in game two they were able to rally back, first leveling the score at 10 before going on a long run to win 25-16.
Madaline Milholland once again led Scotland with 13 kills. Jessie Kee had six and Avery Callahan had four. Callahan, the team’s main setter, also had 18 assists.
“I think we played really well. We served well and passed well,” Hayes said.
Ashleigh Bailey completed 15 of her 25 pass attempts, while Katelyn Hunt saw 12 of 18 passes reach their target. She also added three aces as the team’s top server.
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