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Thomas Sumter Academy's varsity volleyball team improved to 3-5 on the season with a 3-0 win over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday in Orangeburg. TSA won by the scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-19.
Sophomore Lindsey Daniel and senior Karleigh Young led the way offensively, combining for 25 kills. Young notched 12 kills in the match, and has established herself as a force on the court.
"Pretty much, as Karleigh goes, we go," said Thomas Sumter's first-year head coach O.J. Cade. "Whenever Karleigh realizes she can take over a game, she's going to be dangerous. She's just that good of a player, and she doesn't realize how good she can be."
Young had two blocks and a kill to score the first three points of the match on Wednesday, setting the tone for the remainder of the match.
The win comes just two days after the Lady Generals struggled against The King's Academy, a team that has played very well of late, winning 11 straight sets.
"The girls know how to play," said Cade. "When they don't communicate well, they don't play well. King's is a very good school. You cannot allow them to run roughshod over you. The second set against King's we played well, but the first and third sets we didn't play at all because we didn't communicate."
Daniel led the team with 13 kills, senior Maci Willets added five, and sophomore Logan Scruggs notched three kills in TSA's victory over Orangeburg Prep.
Daniel, Willets, and Scruggs are the vocal leaders of the team both on and off the court.
"I love when players step up, take a leadership role, and run with it," said Cade. "Maci has really stepped up since spring practice. Logan is my primary setter, and I sorta force that upon my setters. Setters are like the quarterback in football; they've gotta run the team. Lindsey is just a born leader and always has been."
Cade is happy with the way his team bounced back after the loss to TKA, but is more excited about the way the team is coming together.
"They played very well yesterday (Wednesday)," said Cade. "I was most happy that they communicated very well. They didn't get down, and they played within themselves. It was probably the first time this year that they played together as a team, so it was good to see."
The Lady Generals opened their regional schedule on Thursday by traveling to St. Matthews to face Calhoun Academy. Cade takes pride in getting his team prepared for a grueling slate of upcoming region games.
"I love to play up (against teams in higher classifications) in non-region games," said Cade. "It always works to your benefit to play up. It gets you ready for the battles you're going to face in those regional games."
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