Kent netters to travel for postseason
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.