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Lady Bulldogs take three of four in tough week

Posted: October 15, 2013 2:46 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Waiting more than two hours due to a scheduling snafu and then, having to deal with a rowdy River Bluff student section which lined the court, Camden overcame that set of circumstances to leave Lexington County with a 3-2 win last Tuesday in a Region 4-AAA volleyball match.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs arrived for a 5:30 p.m. start, only to find an empty gym and be told the match would not start until 7 p.m.
Add with the River Bluff student section being steps away from being on the playing surface and calling out the names of the Lady Bulldogs, and Camden’s 25-19, 11-25, 17-25, 26-24 and 15-10 victory was as sweet as head coach Paige Wilson could remember, given the hostile setting.
 “This was one of our toughest matches of the season and we pulled it out,” Wilson said of her seventh-ranked class AAA squad. “Both River Bluff matches this season went to the fifth game and both times we showed our fight and determination to win.  I couldn’t be prouder of this kind of win.  This is the kind of play we are capable of.”
Kaitlyn Riley was 10-of-10 from the service stripe with an ace while adding a team-best 22 assists.  Emma Nash was 13-15 with two aces. Maddison Flowers went 18-19 from the stripe with an ace while also adding 17 assists. Kristen Carter found the mark on all five of her serves with an ace.
Mary Best led the attack at the next as she was good on 18 of her 13 hitting attempts with 11 kills. Michaela Taylor (34-39) was next with eight kills while Emma Buchanan (25-30) and Faith Grant (9-14) each had seven kills. Madison Grant (19-24) added five kills.
 Defensively, Morgan Wilson was 83-of-92 to her target with Caroline Kelly having a strong night with 47 of her 49 digs to target. Owens Morgan was 13-of-14 and Haley Maree was 13-15.
One night later, in Camden’s annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser, the hostesses fell to Cardinal Newman, 22-25 and 15-25, before bouncing back with a 25-19, 25-20 win over Irmo.
 “Although we had some good points,” Wilson said, “I was, overall, not as pleased with the Cardinal Newman match.  Cardinal Newman is a solid team, but I didn't feel like we gave the fight we are capable of.  We continue to be plagued with inconsistent play, but I am still seeing overall improvement, which is good.
“Defeating Irmo was a good way to end the night,” Wilson added. “Irmo pushed us but we played solid and confident to pull out the win.”
Flowers and Carter were both perfect from the service stripe in the opening match while Taylor had five kills on a 7-for-11 hitting night. Buchanan (8-10) and Nash (6-8) each had two kills with Faith Grant adding one in a 5-for-5 match.
Morgan Wilson was on target 32 times on 39 of her passes with Caroline Kelly next with 10 of her 16 passes on the mark.
Against Irmo, Maree had two aces while Kelly, Riley and Morgan had one each as the quintet was successful on a combined 28 of 31 performance. Taylor led the hitting with seven kills on a 17-for-21 night. Buchanan had five kills as she went 6-for-6. Best added five as she was 8-for-11 on her tries.
Morgan Wilson was 29 for 30 passing followed by Maree’s 8-for-10.
Last Thursday, CHS improved to 8-1 in Region 4-AAA play by sweeping Dreher, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-14. “Dreher was much improved from our last meeting.  We had to focus and get the job done,” Wilson said. “It had been a long week and it was good to win this one in three. 
Riley led thing at the service stripe with five aces on a 15-for-15 night. Carter was 12-of-12 with three aces while Nash had a pair of aces on a 5-for-6 performance.
Taylor had (9-14) had seven kills while Best (6-7) and Faith Grant (9-10) had four kills each. Grant also came up with eight blocks while Carter had a pair of blocks. Passing-wise, Morgan Wilson was 38-of-45 to target.


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