LAURINBURG — Less than two weeks ago, the Scotland volleyball team was dominated on the road by the same Cape Fear team it welcomed to Laurinburg Monday night.
And although the Scots were unable to come away with the victory in the rematch, coach Molly Hayes was pleased with the fight and effort her girls showed against the Fayetteville-based program.
The Colts rolled to victories in the first two games, but had to stave off a Scotland comeback attempt en route to a 25-19, 25-13, 18-25, 25-20 victory. On Sept. 9, Cape Fear defeated Scotland 25-16, 25-9, 25-15.
“That’s one of the things we’ve been working on, playing hard all the time and playing as a team, and they did that in games three and four and one, but in game two we kind of fell a part a little bit,” said Hayes after the loss. “We’ve got to continue to push all the time.”
Scotland opened the match by winning the first four points, but Cape Fear quickly tied the contest at 5-5 and took the lead shortly thereafter.
While the Scots played hard, hitting errors doomed the girls at inopportune times. The Colts took advantage of those mistakes and their hitters, for the most part, played a clean game.
Cape Fear won the first set, then carried that momentum into the second, jumping out to a quick 6-0 advantage that it would never relinquish. With Karly Mathias serving, the Colts gained control early and forced Hayes to burn a timeout.
In Scotland’s losses this season, sloppy play and miscommunication at times has plagued the team and those trends unfolded once more, especially in the second set. Hayes said it wasn’t so much what the Colts were doing as it was what her team failed to accomplish.
“Game two I was very dissatisfied with play, I thought we had a lot of errors,” she said. “The second game was so different — I feel like they came in feeling like they were going to lose instead of playing hard and playing aggressive. We made a lot of errors in a row.”
Down 0-2, Scotland found life in the third game, matching Cape Fear point for point until it took a 19-14 lead thanks to several impressive kills from Nahir Pegues. Pegues led the team with 11 kills while twin sister Amaya Pegues had seven. Kaitlin Lewis, who notched 10 kills and 11 digs, sealed the Scotland win by recording a kill to end the third game.
The mistakes that plagued Scotland early were largely cleaned up by the third set.
“Games three and four, we didn’t have as much of that,” Hayes said. “We kept the ball in play, we made smart shots, so there was a difference there with our touches on the ball.”
In what was the final game, Scotland took advantage of a number of Cape Fear service errors and built another 19-14 lead.
But the Colts scored 11 of 12 points down the stretch to notch the win and improve to 11-4 overall. The loss dropped Scotland to 6-6.
Macie Gibson had 12 serving points and 12 digs for the Scots, and Mason Roberts led her team with 29 digs. Emma Gray Beacham chipped in eight digs and dished out 28 assists.
Scotland is set to take the court again today when it travels to Lumberton for a Southeastern Conference match.
Boys soccer shutout by Pinecrest
LAURINBURG — The Scotland boys soccer team saw its four-game winning streak end Monday in a 9-0 loss to SEC rival Pinecrest.
The Scots dropped to 5-4 and 1-1 in the conference with the loss. The Patriots’ record now stands at 5-1-2 and 2-0 in the SEC.
Scotland will look to regroup when it hosts Hoke Wednesday.
Girls golf finishes fourth
LAURINBURG — Scotland’s girls golf placed fourth in the latest Southeastern Conference tournament Monday at Scotch Meadows Country Club.
The Scots finished fourth with a team score of 414.
Pinecrest won the conference match for the third straight time with a score of 340. Purnell Swett was second at 365, while Hoke and Richmond Senior came in third and fifth with scores of 388 and 426 respectively.
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