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Lady Bulldogs fall in opener

Posted: August 27, 2018 2:05 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Chapin handed Camden a loss in the season-opening volleyball match for both former conference rivals played on Thursday.

Camden defeated the now 5A Lady Eagles, 25-18, in the first set only for Chapin to win the next three, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18.

“We started off strong in set one, showing what we are capable of,” said Camden head coach Paige Wilson.  “Unfortunately, we were unable to finish in that same manner.  

“There’s a lot to learn from a loss.  There are things to build on and things to work on. We'll have several opportunities this week against Dutch Fork, Airport and Blythewood.”

Camden returns four seniors in setter Abby Irick, who will miss part of the early season with an illness but hopes to return soon. Outside hitter Katharine Coplin is still out with an injury and will bring strength and experience when she returns to the fold. Ajah Drakeford, a middle hitter, and fellow hitter Ariel Wright both bring talent and can play multiple posts on the floor.

Wilson has a strong junior class with Madison Williams, a returning hitter and defender, along with returning defenders Kathryn Rabon and Meg Matthews. Grace Montgomery is new to the game and brings plenty of potential and energy as a hitter as does junior classmate Keisha Lane while transfer Novi Lock brings experience and strength all the way around solid play to the table. 

A pair of freshmen, setter Olivia Bishop --- who has stepped in at setter in Irick’s absence, and Aailiyah Tucker, a backup setter and defender, provide depth and experience for the defending Region 4-AAA champions.

The Camden junior varsity, under head coach Tristany Horton, defeated Chapin in three sets. 

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