MANNING - East Clarendon’s varsity volleyball team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-12) sweep of Laurence Manning Academy on Wednesday night.
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“East Clarendon is just a phenomenal team,” said Laurence Manning Academy head coach Amy Marshall. “I heard going into it that they were just really, really good. I hadn’t talked to the team about how good they were; I wanted them to make that determination for themselves.”
The Wolverines lost their first two sets of the season on Tuesday night when they beat Andrews 3-2. They came out determined to not let that happen again, and just dominated the Swampcats in the first set, jumping out to a 16-2 lead and never looking back.
“I was really happy with the way they played, because last night we kinda had a hard time getting together and playing like a team,” said East Clarendon head coach Hope Lane. “Tonight, they really came together, they were talking, and they were doing an awesome job doing everything I wanted them to do.”
The second set was more competitive. LMA was within three points late, trailing just 21-18, but East Clarendon’s second unit was able to step up and close out the set for the 25-21 win.
“In the second set we kinda played around a little bit with some of our second string,” said Lane. “Even though it was a little bit closer, I was really proud with the way they came out too. Hopefully that will help us later in the year and next year; knowing that I can trust them to put them in and they will do a great job no matter what.”
After a difficult season last year in which the Swampcats won just one game, their new head coach is focused on seeing improvement -- especially in serving and receiving.
“That’s just something we have to get better at,” said Marshall, whose team fell to 0-3 on the season. “It will come around, it will happen, and it will happen soon. All of these girls have a great attitude. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Senior middle Rhamey Floyd and sophomore setter Katey Lee led the Wolverines to victory in the third set, ensuring their record remained unblemished.
Floyd was the star, an unstoppable presence in the middle that LMA just didn’t have an answer for. She finished with four blocks, two kills, and an ace while Lee set the tone early, notching five service aces, and an assist.
“Rhamey is our senior,” said Lane. “She’s been starting for the past three years. We feel confident with her in. She’s a great blocker and a great hitter. Katey has been a really strong setter, and she’s only a sophomore so we’re looking forward to keeping her around. She’s been setting and serving really well. They’re both really great assets to the team.”
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