Southern completes season sweep of Warren County
Southern Vance imposed its will at Warren County Thursday, cruising to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-7) 2-A Northern Carolina Conference win and its second sweep over the Eagles this season.
Southern head coach April Abbott said her team came in confident — The Raiders must have left Warrenton feeling even better about themselves.
“Last couple of practices they’ve had to have a wake-up call,” said Abbott. “And they realized that I wasn’t playing anymore and they’re better than what they’re putting forth.”
Southern improved to 8-4 in the conference and can clinch third place with a pair of wins next week.
The size-challenged and rebuilding Eagles, who have no league wins, had no answer for the heavy-hitting Raider duo of senior Kiyanna Kearney and sophomore Brittany West, who combined for 20 kills. Kearney had nine to go along with eight digs and West had 11 kills and six digs.
“You expect that out of players like that,” said Warren County head coach Shannon Jones. “I’m expecting them to be what they were. Our team is a whole lot smaller than everyone else. They make our big girl look short.”
Abbott said Southern’s improved passing made all the difference in the hitting of Kearney, West and Megan Hight.
“And that’s what we struggled with at the beginning of the season,” said Abbott. “Our passes were not sufficient enough to put up a set to be able to hit. And we have some very strong hitters, but without that initial pass, our setters can’t do anything and in turn, our hitters can’t do anything either.”
Hight finished with seven kills, setter Bree Simmons tallied 35 assists and Allyson Dunn recorded 16 digs.
Southern visits N.C. School of Science and Math Tuesday before closing the regular season Thursday at home against Durham School of the Arts.
Warren County visits Franklinton Tuesday and ends its season at home Thursday against Roanoke Rapids.
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