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CB Drifters volleyball team falls to Middlesex Chargers

It was a tough outing for the Lady Drifters. On Thursday, the Middlesex Chargers volleyball varsity and junior varsity teams left the Drifterdome with two shutout matches to add to their non-conference record.


Throughout the varsity match, the Chargers never broke a sweat, as they held the Drifters in check with pinpoint passing, and consistent defense.

As for the Drifters, Kenzie Cox led the Drifters with five kills and three blocks, while Brooke Payne added 10 assists.

 

Game one, varsity
During the start of the first game, Maddie Norwood set the tone for the Chargers with two aces that eventually led to a 7-0 run. Although a Drifter kill, and a Charger passing error momentarily broke the Middlesex scoring frenzy, the Drifters run of two scores would be short-lived. Inspired by four kills, three aces and six Drifter passing errors, the Changers had built an insurmountable 20-4 lead.

While the Drifters desperately tried to assemble some form of offense, hopes of a late rally became a distant memory. The Chargers focused on hard exchanges that resulted in a 5-2 run, and a game one 25-6 win.

Game two, varsity
In game two, the Drifters finally showed up to play. They forced the Chargers into two ties (8-8, 9-9), before the delicate balance of even exchanges began to favor Middlesex.

Trailing 15-10, the Drifters fought back with a series of even-score exchanges and kills by McKenzie Conway and Brooke Payne. After cutting the Charger lead to 22-20, the Drifters’ momentum suddenly began to fade, as the Chargers closed the game out, with two Drifter passing errors, and an ace by Norwood.

Game three, varsity
Sparked by an ace from Shore, and five Drifter passing errors, the Chargers took a 6-2 lead and never looked back. Midway in the game, the Drifters managed to hold the Chargers’ lead to 12-7, but Shore spearheaded a scoring 6-4 run that put Middlesex ahead by six points (18-11).

Moments later, after a Charger kill and four Drifter passing errors, Middlesex was on the verge of victory with a 23-13 lead. However, the Drifters dug in their heels to battle back with three straight scores. Eventually, the Chargers closed out the game and match (25-17) on three Drifter passing errors.

 On Thursday, the Drifters are scheduled to host King & Queen.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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