Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 18, 2012

Offensive rules

Princeton turns back Crusaders

PRINCETON — Headed into their volleyball match with Greater Beckley Christian, Princeton coach Leslie Graham knew the Tigers would be facing a good, defensive team that is a regular participant in the state tournament.

Graham needed the Princeton offense to step it up a notch and she got that as the Tigers defeated the Crusaders in three sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 at the Princeton Sernior High School gymnasium.

Princeton won the opening set, but the Tigers did not pull away until after Greater Beckley called a timeout.

“We couldn’t get any rhythm and at the first time out they called I told them that we were playing defense, but we weren’t playing offense,” Graham said. “A couple of my hitters starting hitting harder, which is what I’ve been trying to get them to do, I think that was the difference in the game. We started playing offense.”

Princeton continued to play offense and did quite well on defense in the next  two sets, downing the Crusaders 25-15 in the second, and closing out the evening with the 25-13 game to take the match.

“I told the girls from the get-go, Greater Beckley is a great defensive team, that they are scrappy and they don’t let anything hit the floor,” Graham said. “For us to be successful we had to hit the ball, and after a slow start, we did that.”

Though Greater Beckley is a Class A team and Princeton Class AAA, one could not tell the difference on the court as the teams battled with long, continuous volleys, spectacular digs, kills and serves throughout the match.

For Princeton Delaney Najar had 14 kills, three blocks, three digs, seven points and two aces. Haley Conner contributed two kills, four digs, seven points, one ace and 25 assists. The Tigers spread the wealth and provided a team effort as Kaleigh Barker had six kills, nine points and three aces; McKenzi Barnett chimed in with seven kills, two blocks, eight points and two aces. Taylor Hamm recorded eight digs, six points and four aces, while Erika Davis and Taylor Murphy each had four kills.

Princeton returns to the court today at the Charleston Civic Center as they take on Capital and then Lewis County.

In the JV contest Princeton won 25-11 and 25-13.

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