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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 27, 2022

Charles City leads early in sets, but eventually falls to Mathews in district opener

By Robb Johnson | September 7, 2022 10:18 am

Charles City's Samiyah Jones lines up for a serve in Tuesday night's game against Mathews.

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Charles City’s Lady Panthers volleyball team continues to improve its play. And if Tuesday night’s game against perennial Tidewater District Mathews County showed, the team may notch a few wins before the end of the season.

After giving the visiting the Lady Blue Devils some early competition in the beginning of the sets, Charles City fell 10-25, 12-25, 13-25 in straight sets to the visitors from Mathews.

In the opening frame, Charles City’s communication and hustle were key factors, as Janiya Washington’s scores placed the hosts behind by a mere point early on (5-4). After Mathews snapped that streak, Charles City rallied as Taniyah Williams’ tap over the net coupled with Anija Brown’s deep bump gave the hosts a 7-6 lead. But from that point in the frame, the Lady Blue Devils ramped up the pressure with fierce serves to orchestrate a run to claim the frame.

Set two saw Charles City’s connectivity once again be successful. Washington’s taps over the net and subsequent save digs by Cheyenne Christian placed the hosts in front once again. But as they entered double-digit territory, Mathews moved the ball close to the net, discombobulating the Lady Panthers positions on the floor. The Lady Blue Devils used the confusion to create a big run to claim the frame. Set three played out similar to the previous frames, as Charles City saw an early lead dissipate before dropping the match.

After the contest, Charles City Lady Panthers Head Coach Lillani Adkins praised her team’s progression since the team reformed in August.

“I have no complaints towards their play tonight,” she said. “They have progressed from where they started, and it was the best they have played all season.

“They are attacking the ball better,” Adkins continued. “I see them talking to each other more, I see them returning hard serves, and it’s difficult returning serves and kills. I welcome anyone to stand out here and take some of these like these girls did tonight.”

Charles City remains winless with a record of 0-4.