By LLOYD COMBS
for the Daily Telegraph
HONAKER, Va. —
It was a team effort, at the net and at the service line for Honaker.
The Lady Tigers opened with a flourish and closed with a bigger one in a 3-0 sweep of Hurley in Black Diamond District volleyball action Monday at A.P. Baldwin Gymnasium.
Five different players notched at least one kill in the opening set and that set the tone in a 25-15, 25-21, 25-11 win.
Laura Hess finished with 13 kills and Kaitlen Hubbard added 11 for Honaker, which opened game one with a 7-2 run and close out the match on a 13-1 spurt in game three.
“Kaitlen Hubbard hit well, along with Laura and Madison Vandyke,” Honaker coach Amy Davidson said. “Those three and with the others hitting together, if we can keep our serves in all we have to do is set and hit, because we’ve got some power behind our hits.”
Vandyke added six kills. Katie Caudill set well with 22 assists.
Honaker (12-8) also served well, getting 15 service points from Hess and 12 from Ashton Goodie.
Normally one of the Lady Tigers best servers she overcame a slow start to scored 11 straight points near the end.
“(Goodie) has been struggling for a couple of games,” Davidson said. “She missed a game due to sickness. It looks like she’s got it back.”
Adriana Cline had seven service points, while Kourtney Cook and Emily Stacy each had three kills to lead Hurley (6-7). The Lady Rebels opened the second set with a 9-1 run and led 19-16 before Honaker rallied with a 9-2 run at the end.
“We’ll let teams get on those runs and for some reason we can’t stop it,” Hurley coach Brian Davis said. “Bad passes, missed serves, different stuff. Our service game is like I said about our inconsistency.
“Some nights we serve well, some nights we don’t serve worth anything and we can’t do that. We’re not an attacking team. We’ve got play defense, we’ve got to pass the ball and we’ve got to be able to serve well to be able to have a chance.”