North Dorchester’s Georgie Turner lifts the ball over the net for a point in a 3-0 victory over Snow Hill Thursday, Oct. 6. The Eagles won all three games last week, and now sit 6-4 for the season as of Wednesday. For more on the North Dorchester volleyball team,
SHILOH — North Dorchester High’s volleyball team capped an unbeaten week Thursday, Oct. 6, with a 255, 25-14, 25-23 victory over Snow Hill.
North Dorchester improved to 6-3 overall after wins this week against Wicomico, Colonel Richardson and Snow Hill. North Dorchester has now won four straight, and five of its last six for a program in its third season. The team fell to Parkside 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and now sits at 6-4.
“To score three victories in the same week means a lot to the girls and the program,” North Dorchester head coach Carol Hubbard said. “We have been building a program here from the foundation, and started the season really well.
“We just wanted to keep that momentum going this week with three big matches,” she added. “I’m really proud of the girls for stepping up to the challenge and going 3-0 this week. We knew we had the ability to get the sweep this week, but hopefully doing that has given the girls a lot of confidence.
“We had a very hardfought 3-2 victory at Colonel Richardson last night in front of their great crowd,” Hubbard said. “To come back the next night, stay focused and beat Snow Hill was great to see. The girls started strong tonight and picked up another victory.”
Brooke Harding led North Dorchester with 12 aces and added two kills. Myasia Jones recorded a team-high six kills. Georgie Turner added five aces and Jenna Usilton recorded three aces.
Turner got North Dorchester off to a fast start in the first set with four straight aces to help build an 8-1 lead. Harding sealed the first set when she took over the serve at 10-5 and did not relinquish it in a 25-5 set win.
Harding’s strong serve led to 10 aces in the 15-0 run, including five aces in a row. Karlie Allen scored the final point in the set with a kill at the net.
“Brooke was definitely on tonight,” Hubbard said. “She is one of those players where when she is on, she is on. For her to come out and serve like that is huge. Hopefully that will give her confidence going into next week.”
In the second set, Hubbard subbed in a fresh six. The new six did not let up, jumping to an 8-3 lead. Leah Smith recorded an early block to gain the serve, and Usilton scored an ace.
North Dorchester built a 19-8 lead, and Usilton sealed the game when she gained the serve at 21-14 and scored four straight points, including two aces.
“I told the girls before the game that I was going to play a little bit different today than we have played in previous games with our substitutions,” Hubbard said. “My goal was to let everybody play all the way around. Even my girls that are generally my front line, I let them have some back line time today and vice versa. I think they all did great and responded well to the challenge.
“My hope is it gives them confidence,” she added. “I told them that I feel comfortable putting any combination of six out there. Yes, we have our usual rotations that we go through, but I want them to know that regardless of who’s out there on the floor that they all know where they need to be.”
In the third set, North Dorchester jumped to a 10-3 and got a kill from Jones. North Dorchester traded points with Snow Hill before the visitors began chipping away at the lead.
A four-point run by Snow Hill (1-7) gave it a 20-19 lead, but two consecutive kills by Savanna Nossick gave North Dorchester the lead at 21-20. Nossick added a third kill to set up match point at 24-20. Jones sealed the match victory with a kill.
“I’m just super proud of the girls,” Hubbard said “This was a tough week with three games but they played their hearts out. They have been working hard for three years, and I’m really happy they get to experience the success.”
North Dorchester’s Savanna Nossick sets the ball for a teammate against Snow Hill Thursday.
North Dorchester’s Jenna Usilton returns the ball over the net against Snow Hill Thursday.