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Lady Bulldogs picking up steam

Posted: October 2, 2017 3:16 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

After sweeping Columbia to complete their first go-through in Region 4-AAA play with a 4-0 record, the Camden High volleyball team avenged an earlier non-conference setback by taking down Chapin, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, last Wednesday.

“This was a good win for us, due to our 15-13 loss to them in the fifth set earlier this season,” said Camden head coach Paige Wilson. “Things were clicking better as a team this match.”  

Whitley Kahler led the Lady Bulldogs in hitting with 14 kills while Katharine Coplin had a strong performance with 11 kills Jensen Williams added six kills while, Wilson said, Ajah Drakeford had a good night at the net.

Abby Irick got the Camden offense in gear with 25 assists and added a pair of kills while Catherine Todd was 14 of 15 from the service stripe with three aces.

Grace McGugan slowed Chapin’s offense down with three blocks. Passing-wise, Kahler and Todd both had 27 to target while Coplin and Jensen Williams were on the mark with 19 and 17 passes, respectively

“Overall,” Wilson said, “I was happy with our performance. We played very confident and focused. It was a good night for us.”

Camden took part in the weather-delayed Sumter Invitational on Saturday but competed minus Irick as the setter was injured in the Chapin victory.

“Losing your setter is like a football team losing their quarterback. It’s a challenge to adjust to a new lineup,” Wilson said of the one-day event. “I was proud of the team for pushing through a sudden change to our lineup.  We showed some positive things with a new challenge.”

CHS defeated Lake City (2-0) and split two sets with White Knoll before falling to Carolina Forest in two sets to finish pool play at 3-3. The Lady Bulldogs lost to a much taller Dutch Fork squad in the third set in their first bracket match.

Wilson said she saw plenty of positives out of her team in Sumter.

“(Saturday) was a day that all players had a chance to contribute and I saw some good things from all of them,” she said.  “What I saw a lot of was versatility: Jensen Williams showed her versatility by contributing on offense, defense and setting. Madison Williams showed strength offensively and defensively. Meg Matthews showed her versatility in defense and setting.  Peyton Truesdale, Ajah Drakeford and Ariel Wright played multiple positions at the net and Kathryn Rabon contributed valuable defensive touches at multiple positions.”

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