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Girls Volleyball

WLC narrowly loses to tough Campbell team 3-1

  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.
  • The WLC girls volleyball team lost to Campbell 3-1 on October 11, 2013.

The 5-7 WLC girls volleyball team squared off against 10-1 Campbell Friday night. Not a team to let Campbell’s reputation cow them, WLC fought hard against the favored team. The Warriors lost the match 3-1, but the match was much closer than the score would indicate.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” WLC coach Christie Stanley said, “ but I knew we could play with them if we played well and made them make the mistakes.”

Campbell dominated the first game, jumping out to an early 8-2 lead before eventually winning it 25-9. Unfazed, WLC regrouped after that early stumble and put on quite an effort in game two. The Warriors started that game on a 12-5 run thanks in no small part to the strong service game by junior Rachel Graves, who served for seven straight points without being broken.

“(Graves) had a nice block on their big middle hitter,” Stanley said. “She strung a few serves together in the second game. She’s solid, she’s really a solid, solid player.”

After a few back-and-forth mini-rallies from both teams, senior Kaley Jacques commanded another run for the Warriors, serving for six straight points. WLC won that second game 25-19, holding off a furious Campbell rally down the stretch.

Freshman Amber Goodwin played a strong game as well; she contributed to several points with her strong digs and service breaks.

“I knew they were going to be really hard to beat,” Goodwin said, “because their rank is amazing. I knew that we had to find the holes on the court.”

Things were looking good for the Warriors in game three as well; while they played from behind for almost the entire game, they kept the score within one or two. At the halfway point, Campbell was up 12-10. It was at this point that the outmanned Warriors (who have only 9 players on their roster, compared to the Cougars, who seemingly could have sent two full teams onto the court at once, would the rules allow it) began to show signs of fatigue.

“We made a lot of unforced errors, so that was big,” Stanley said.

Campbell won that third game 25-14, reeling off point after point on their serves. The rest of the game was purely academic; after coming so close to the 2-1 advantage and having the wheels fall off, the WLC looked like they knew they’d had their shot at an upset and missed it.

“You know what? We’re young and (Campbell)’s a really skilled team. They made us make mistakes,” Stanley said. They’re a well coached team, they’re strong, they’ve got a lot of numbers to choose from and they’re well-disciplined. They are right up there with the toughest.”

The two teams face off again in the final match of the season on Oct. 25 at Campbell. WLC’s next game is Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Hillsboro-Deering.

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