Ea­gles Soar­ing

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Sa­vanna Nos­sick sets the ball for a team­mate against Snow Hill Thurs­day.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Jenna Usil­ton re­turns the ball over the net against Snow Hill Thurs­day.

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