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9/7/2012 11:02:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
High school volleyball
Once again, Salukis denied in three
BRIDGEPORT - For the third time in six days, Red Hill High School's volleyball team was denied by a narrow margin in a bid to end a losing streak that's nearly a decade long.

Hutsonville nipped the Salukis in three games Thursday in the RHHS gym, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22. It was similar to Saturday's meeting between the same two teams, when Hutsonville won in three games in a match at the Robinson Invitational. Also, Lawrenceville handed the Salukis a narrow, three-game setback on Tuesday.

"Even their coach said we were the better team tonight," said Red Hill coach Sarah Will. "Our girls get close to winning and I think it scares them, They start making little mistakes. That's what we have to work on. We need to keep attacking."

The Salukis used Ashlyn Carr's 10-point service run to take the opening game. After trailing by as many as five points, the Salukis (0-7, 0-2 LIC) pulled away to win.

"I feel like in the first game, we did everything well," Will said. "We were moving, we were talking, we were playing as a team and we were attacking the ball great."

Red Hill led 9-8 in the second game, and was as close as 16-15 later, before Hutsonville (3-5) pulled away to even the match.

The decisive game was similar, as the Tigers took leads of 10-5 and 12-7.

McKenzie Wolfe served five consecutive points to help the Salukis work their way back. Later, Baelee Holloway served an ace for a 20-17 Red Hill lead. However, the Tigers' Kiley Rariden responded with a service run as the Tigers regained the lead, 21-20.

A crucial missed serve by Red Hill proved to be too much to overcome, as the Tigers held on to extended the losing streak to 193 consecutive matches.

"I know these girls can do it," Will said. "They just need to put everything together on one night."

Carr served 16 points to pace the Salukis, while Wolfe finished with eight service points. Kelsi Perrott had another standout night at the net with 12 kills and four blocks, while adding seven digs. Carr finished with four kills, four digs and five aces, while Kenedee Whittaker led the team with 14 assists and added six kills and two blocks. Wolfe contributed six digs, six blocks and two kills, while Holloway had two kills and two digs. Emilee Ellingsworth had five digs, two aces and two kills and Haley Allen had four assists and two digs. Kara Davis contributed a kill and Samantha Earnst a dig.

Hutsonville won the junior varsity match, 25-7, 25-20.

The Salukis play in a freshman-sophomore tourney at Flora on Saturday.


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