New Kent earns measure of revenge by sweeping Tabb
After falling in five sets during the season opening contest at Tabb, New Kent’s Lady Trojans faced a team riddled with confidence after avenging a season series sweep from last year’s contest. However, the hosting Lady Trojans sent a message in Thursday night’s rematch.
New Kent exacted sweet revenge by sweeping the Tabb Lady Tigers 25-22, 25-23, 25-14 in straight sets.
The first set seemed to be going smoothly for the Lady Trojans after facing some early adversity. After New Kent built a 16-10 advantage, Tabb rallied back thanks to back-to-back aces from Ally Clark. However, the hosts bounced back to hold off the pressure and kept Tabb on their toes long enough to take the first set.
The second stanza focused on how well New Kent could survive early mistakes. Lady Trojan Catherine Perrine mistiming of the ball put Tabb up by one (21-20) late in the set. However, her teammates rallied behind her, led by Lexie Butler’s spike and score that swung momentum in favor of the hosts to win the set. From there, New Kent carried the moment into the third frame, claiming it relatively easy to win the match.
Lady Trojan head coach Cynthia Burnett spoke about the team’s effort and the growth she witnessed throughout the contest.
“Tabb upped their game in the second game after the first set, but we did as well,” she said. “We had very few hit the floor.
“Their [Tabb] offense was nowhere near ours and I wish we could play like this against some of the even better teams,” Burnett continued. “This game was a confidence builder. We just have to be more consistent like we were tonight.”
New Kent edges closer to .500 with a record of 7-8 for the year.