Tigers sweep Pan­thers in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion vol­ley­ball bat­tle



— It’s not of­ten that the Ris­ing Sun vol­ley­ball team finds it­self in a one-point game late in any set.

But Per­ryville played the Tigers as closely as any Ce­cil County team has in re­cent mem­ory Tues­day, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond game, when the score was as close as 18-17. Ris­ing Sun scored seven of the next eight points to take the set and went on to sweep the Pan­thers, 3-0, in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion vol­ley­ball ac­tion.

“Our best game was not any­where to be found to­day,” Tigers coach Rich Wil­son said. “Hats off to Per­ryville. They played a great match, but I don’t think we did any­thing to re­ally push them all that hard. Our serv­ing was off, our hit­ting was off, just about ev­ery­thing across the board was about as off as we can get.”

Wil­son said his team’s best game could be seen eight days ear­lier when Ris­ing Sun topped Delaware Mil­i­tary Academy to avenge its only loss from last year’s state cham­pi­onship sea­son.

Con­trar­ily, Per­ryville coach Matt Bor­relli said his team showed dras­tic im-


prove­ment from the pre­vi­ous week.

“We didn’t play very well last week on Thurs­day, but we came out with the win. I feel like tonight we played great, but we lost,” he said. “I told the girls, ‘I’d rather play the way we did tonight in a los­ing ef­fort against a great team.’ I’m just happy with how we played to- night.”

The Tigers won the first set 25-17 and the sec­ond 2518.

They scored the first five points of the third game, forc­ing Bor­relli to call time­out. He called an­other with the Pan­thers trail­ing 19-7. Per­ryville went on a 10-3 run to cut its deficit to five, but Ris­ing Sun re­sponded with three of the next four points to win the third and fi­nal set, 25-18.

“That third set was get­ting out of hand and I was out of time­outs and didn’t know what else to do, but Erin [Mur­phy] had a bunch of re­ally good serves. Hai­ley Jones had some good serves, too, and that got us back into the set,” Bor­relli said. “Ul­ti­mately, Ris­ing Sun was just too much for us, but I’m proud of how we fought tonight.”

Borelli added that Ris­ing Sun is the tough­est team the Pan­thers will face all sea­son, re­gard­less of how far they go in the play­offs.

Lacey Swartout led the Tigers with 13 kills, four digs and a pair of aces, Bre­anne Ha­ley eight kills, two digs and five aces and Macken­zie Blevins added 21 as­sists, five digs, four kills and three aces.

Gabby Good­now paced Per­ryville with 16 kills, seven blocks and five digs, Rose Porch recorded 13 as­sists and 10 digs, Hai­ley Jones had 10 digs and three aces, Brooke Reynolds recorded 10 Digs and Bea Mus­cella added five kills.

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Ris­ing Sun’s Macken­zie Blevins sets the ball dur­ing the Tigers’ 3-0 sweep of host Per­ryville in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion vol­ley­ball ac­tion Tues­day.

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