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Lady Demons spike Camden

Posted: September 10, 2018 3:11 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

L-E’S MORGAN CRAFT sets for a teammate in Thursday’s win over Camden.

In an emotionally charged setting in which both teams were trying to find something out about themselves, Lugoff-Elgin shook off a second set loss to defeat visiting cross-river rival Camden in four sets before a raucous Thursday night crowd gathered inside the Demons Den.

The host Lady Demons, who opened the season with four straight setbacks, won their third straight match in taking down Paige Wilson’s charges, 28-26, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-13.

With returning Region 6-4A player of the year, setter/hitter Sarah Turner, expected to be sidelined for most, if not all the season, the Lady Demons are finding their way through their schedule which shifts into Region 4-5A mode this week. L-E head coach Katie Ham said she is seeing many encouraging signs from her squad.

“I’m super proud of this team,” Ham said. “We have Morgan (Craft) in there setting. She is just a sophomore and she is busting her butt.

“This whole team has come a long way. Everybody was a little worried because we didn’t have Sarah but, we’ve tried to develop our program to where it’s a team. If we have one down, we’ll build back up. That’s what we’re doing.”

Camden lost its Region 4-AAA player of the year from a season ago, Whitley Kahler, to graduation. Wilson said hers is a team which is a work in progress. 

On Thursday, CHS went to its bench liberally as Wilson sought to find that right combination. By the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs simply ran out of gas as L-E used a 12-3 run to turn a 6-5 lead into an 18-8 runaway.

“I think we got tired in the fourth set,” Wilson said. “Because we were tired, we got sloppy.

“We were a little nervous at the start of the match and had a lot of unforced errors. After that, we competed.”

Camden puts its competitiveness on disply in the opener as it trailed, 23-19, only to battle back to even things at 24, 25 and 26 before L-E used a Cathryn Ogle kill and Ogle’s drilling a ball which bounced off the arms of a defender to finally put this one away.

Camden got its sea legs underneath itself in the second set, by going on a 5-0 rally to grab a 22-17 lead. The rally included a service ace from Abby Irick to extend the  advantage to 21-15.

The hostesses led, 12-11, in the third set before scoring five straight points with Jasmine Kirkland at the service stripe to turn things in its favor and draw away to an 18-11 lead.

In the finale, Brooke Baker served up four straight winners to hike the L-E lead to 18-8.


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