The Lady Raiders travelled to Bulldog country Tuesday night to face off against the Nederland Lady Bulldogs. Lumberton came into the contest on a two match winning streak. Coming into the first game Head Coach Mel Salazar knew that the Lady Bulldogs had a very strong serving game and her team prepared for that aspect of the match. However the Lady Bulldogs exploited their advantage against our defense to rack up many aces and to get the offense out of position.
After dropping the first game by a narrow margin, 25-23, the Lady Raiders battled back to even the match at one game a piece. Lady Raiders won game two, 25-19. Game three is where momentum shifted and seemed to have stayed with the Lady Bulldogs as they went on to win the final two games 25-21, and 25-21.
There is no doubt that every point was earned in the match. Long rallies, running out of bounds weren’t enough to wear out and break the Lady Raiders. Mental mistakes are what cost them. “We made mental errors in all three of the matches that we lost. That is what cost us from coming out on top,” said Coach Salazar after the match.
The discussion continued on regarding the progress of the girls throughout the course of the season. “As the season has gone on, they have began to realize that they have to play the point all the way through until the final whistle,” stated Salazar.
With a line score such as this one, the individual stats are about what one would expect. Maci Mott lead the assault on offense bringing in 13 kills. Right behind her was Lauren Caraway with 10 kills, and Taylor Kile with 9 kills. Playing a strong offense like the Lady Bulldogs means there’s an opportunity to have an outstanding defensive game. Brooke Duhon did just that. Duhon came away with 20 digs; Maci Mott had a strong defensive game with 13 digs.
The Lady Raiders will be back home this Friday to take on the Port Arthur Memorial Titans. Freshman match is scheduled for 4:30 pm with Junior-Varsity and Varsity to follow.