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Lady Yellow Jackets sting Lady Knights, Lady Patriots

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After losing five seniors, North Augusta had questions to be answered in its volleyball season-opener at Evans on Tuesday.

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Evans' Hannah Peters attempts to block a shot by North Augusta's Alli Bell.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Evans' Hannah Peters attempts to block a shot by North Augusta's Alli Bell.

Some of those questions were answered as the Lady Yellow Jackets dispatched Evans and then Westside in straight sets.

“We’ve still got a lot to work on, but I can’t complain about two wins,” said North Augusta coach Lindsay Tucker, whose team was coming off a 2012 season in which it advanced to the second round of the South Carolina Class AAAA state playoffs.

The Lady Yellow Jackets weren’t lacking for experience. They were paced by the front line play of junior Desmonet Wilson (10 kills), junior Cydney Matthews (8 kills), and senior Ndidi Okafor (7 kills).

“It makes a huge difference if they’re on or not, and they were on tonight at times,” Tucker said.

After beating Evans 25-17, 25-15, North Augusta battled Westside to the end of the first game. Tied at 21, the Lady Yellow Jackets rallied for four consecutive points and a 25-21 win.

Tied at nine in the second game, setter Alli Bell had one of her three aces on the night as she served the Lady Yellow Jackets to a 15-9 lead. They went on to the 25-16 win. Bell also finished with 15 assists.

The Lady Patriots (6-4) earned a split in the final match of the night when they beat Evans (1-7) 25-15, 25-19. Tied at seven in the first game, Westside went on a 10-1 run, then behind four aces from Callie Huggins, went on a 6-0 run to take a 23-9 lead.

Evans fought back in the second game, but tied at 17, the Lady Patriots scored on an Evans hitting error, a Rachel Scroggs ace and a Ty Ravenell kill to gain some separation.

Westside head coach David Bradberry saw some things he liked in his team in both contests.

“Even playing North Augusta I was pleased with a good loss,” said Bradberry. “If we take tonight and keep improving, we’ll be in good shape in October.”


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