Volleyball sweeps its way to 10th-straight win

Corbin Ensminger Sports editor

September 17, 2013

LAURINBURG — Scotland used effective passing and serving to sweep the visiting Cape Fear squad Monday, winning 25-23, 25-10 and 25-18.

The victory was Scotland’s 10th in a row as the Scots improve to 10-1 overall. The sole loss for the team this season came on opening day against Jack Britt. Since then Scotland has kept rolling by setting up their main hitters for success. That trend continued Monday as the Scots won easily.

Avery Callahan is Scotland’s main setter and has lead the team in assists every match this season. She racked up 12 against Cape Fear. Meanwhile, Madaline Milholland added eight kills and five digs as the Scots’ main hitter. Jessie Kee added five while Kenleigh Callahan had four.

Scotland had a good night of passing to allow those kills. Milholland saw 11 of her 15 passes reach their target and Ashleigh Bailey completed 15 of 24. Katelyn Hunt made an impact with her passes and her serves. She completed 14 of 17 passes and went to the line 14 times to serve the ball. She collected three serving aces. K. Callahan also served 14 times and had one ace.

Last week Scotland coach Molly Hayes said she switched around a few of the squad’s rotations so that at least one of the top three hitters was on the court at all times. The players have not had a lot of time to practice their new roles, but have won both games since then. Hayes said there were improvements Monday from the game against Hoke County last week, which the Scots also won.

“We’re still improving. We don’t have a lot of time to practice this week with three games but as we go along they’ll continue to learn,” Hayes said.

The first set was the closest Monday, with Scotland only winning by two points. The next two were not as competative, with Scotland looking the more composed side. Cape Fear hit several balls out of bounds to give Scotland easy points. The visitors rallied in the third set to draw within four points, but Milholland won the match for her team when she batted the ball over the net and out of the reach of any of the Cape Fear players.

Scotland travels to Lumberton tonight for their next match. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and varsity will play afterwards. The Scots return home on Sept. 19 to host Richmond.