Hard-earned sweep for Colts over Victory

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Crossroads Christian took Tuesday’s contest at Victory Christian in three sets, but got a competitive match from a fired-up Eagle squad.

Hanna Williams spiked down the final point of the third game at the net, clinching a 3-0 (28-26, 25-11, 25-22) win for the Colts in their regular season finale.

Victory assistant coach Lynn Gill said it was one of the best matches the Eagles have played this season.

“They played the net, which I’ve been pushing for all year,” said Gill. “They approached the net and put the pressure on the other team. They played the floor better in their own position — not playing everybody else’s.”

“I pumped them up pretty good because it’s a crosstown rivalry,” added Gill.

Victory, which competes in the N.C. Christian School Association, dropped to 10-4 overall while Crossroads, of the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association, improved to 6-9 overall.

Crossroads led comfortably in the opening set before Victory made a charge.

Caroline May closed out the 28-26 win for the Colts with a block at the net.

“They’ve got some good servers,” Crossroads head coach Christie Hayes said of Victory. “Their girls really hustled. Our passing was off tonight. We had a lot of stuff that was falling right on net that was killing us.”

The Colts controlled the second game throughout, but trailed by as many as eight points in the third.

“Michaela Nicholas, her serving was really good,” said Hayes. “Ashton (Hayes) really hustled and got a bunch of balls that were getting ready to drop. Molly Harty’s serving was good tonight.”

Allison Stell led Victory in scoring, followed by Tayler Thompson and Victoria Martin.

Gill said the Eagles are steadily improving on fundamentals.

“Kayla Alston was the main one on the net today,” said Gill. “She did good at the net. The serving I would say was Allison, Victoria Martin and Tayler Thompson.”

The Eagles look to improve to 4-1 in conference play Friday at home against Heritage Christian.

Crossroads earned the five-seed in the Carolina Christian Conference and begins its league tournament Monday against Lee Christian.

The Colts won the JV contest against Victory 27-25, 25-13.

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