New Kent wins see-saw battle over Poquoson in volleyball match
New Kent’s Lady Trojans entered the Oct. 4 contest against Poquoson riding a two-game win streak. And after falling in straight sets in the earlier encounter a month ago, home court advantage proved favorable for the Lady Trojans.
New Kent defeated the visiting Lady Islanders 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, marking the biggest win of season to date for the home team.
The first set was tight throughout, with serving errors being the main issue for the Lady Islanders. Seven miscues by the visitors resulted in a see-saw battle with New Kent that never saw the lead for either team reached more than two. Lady Trojan Alaina Torres provided top notch serves at the end of the opening frame, orchestrating two aces as part of a four-point run to clinch the first set for New Kent.
In the second set, Poquoson’s struggles continued as they fell behind 5-1 to the hosts. However, the Lady Islanders found their composure to pull ahead by five (19-14) in the set. New Kent eased back into the contest thanks to three aces by Lexie Butler, but a questionable service error call halted the rally, stealing momentum and handing Poquoson the second set.
The third set mirrored the first one, with no team gaining a distinct advantage. A block by Poquoson at the net gave them a 20-19 lead. However, Haley Hyndshaw used her vertical prowess to convert a kill, swinging momentum to lead New Kent to a third set victory.
New Kent battled Poquoson in set number four, as the Lady Trojans attempted to survive heading into the fifth set. Senior Torii Pickett served three aces after the hosts fell behind early. Later, Pickett used her late serves to give New Kent a 24-22 lead.
With the Lady Islanders serving, they attempted to make a late rally to force a final frame. However, a late rotation resulting in Hyndshaw tapping the ball softly over the net to claim victory for New Kent.
After the contest, Lady Trojan Cynthia Burnett talked about her team battled and received a united effort.
“We started out rough, but we came out in the last game and looked good” she said. “Different players got points for us tonight and we were able to get kills along the front line as well.
“I feel that we blocked them out tonight,” Burnett continued. “Our defense was good and we put them in bad positions throughout the night.”
New Kent surges above the .500 mark, now posting a record of 9-8.