Kent net­ters to travel for post­sea­son

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — If there is any ad­van­tage for the Tro­jans to trav­el­ing in the Class 1A East Re­gion vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment, it’s that they are play­ing a very fa­mil­iar op­po­nent.

Kent County (2-11) heads to Colonel Richard­son on Mon­day for the quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter each team re­ceived a first-round bye.

The two sides played in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale Oct. 25.

The Colonels swept the home-and-away se­ries, but Kent’s girls have some pos­i­tive mo­men­tum be­cause they took a set last week in each of the matches with North Dorch­ester and Colonel Richard­son.

The win­ner of the Kent-Colonel Richard­son match likely will face top seed North Dorch­ester in the re­gion semi­fi­nals.

The only first-round match is be­tween Po­comoke and Snow Hill, which are the two schools that Kent de­feated this fall.

Kent is bet­ter than its two-win record, coach Michelle Phillips said.

“We have com­peted well but we just seem to not have that ‘put-away’ men­tal­ity to fin­ish,” Phillips said Tues­day.

It’s a young team with only one se­nior, libero Taiyana Golds­bor­ough.

Phillips said, “I have been pleased with the growth of this year’s team. We have been able to pull ev­ery­thing to­gether from serv­ing to de­fense, and even our of­fense has im­proved. But we are still plagued with com­mit­ting too many un­forced er­rors.”

She said key to ad­vanc­ing in the re­gion tour­na­ment will be lim­it­ing er­rors and be­ing able to get balls to the set­ter and hit­ters.

“We have to put the ball in play and make our op­po­nent com­mit the er­rors,” she said.

She sin­gled out the play of Golds­bor­ough, set­ter Yas­mine Jiggetts and fresh­man Bianca Potts, who leads the team in hit­ting.

“All of the girls have made great strides to en­hance our team’s suc­cess,” Phillips said.

“We must find a way for all of us to be on the same page at the same time, and the first round of the play­offs would be a great place to start. They must want it. They can­not just talk about it, they must be about it. They have to play as a col­lec­tive unit,” she said.

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