Williamston gets boost from reserves to top Plymouth

Published 4:25 am Wednesday, October 3, 2007

By By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
WILLIAMSTON — The Atlantic Conference leading Tigers avoided a trap on Tuesday as it hosted the winless Vikings in a battle on the volleyball court and came away with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-18 win.
Playing a Plymouth team with a 0-12 record, Williamston (14-2, 10-1) could have easily dropped its guard and got blasted by a feisty Vikings squad, but instead the Tigers kept their focus and won in three games.
The Tigers strong serving and good play at the net allowed Williamston to jump out to a 22-5 advantage in the first game. While the Vikings may be having a down year, they fought hard and closed the gap a little, losing 25-11.
Plymouth coach Elrica Cooper said she was proud of her team’s effort. Cooper also said that the team put up a much better fight than the team’s first match up with Williamston.
Led by Presley Roberson, Morgan Miller and Heather Jackson, Williamston jumped out to an early lead again in the second game.
The Tigers serving was also impressive in the second game, as Jamie Radford and Jamie Spruill did a good job of keeping the Vikings off balance. A Radford ace gave the Tigers an 8-2 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Two straight aces by Jessica Clemmons put Williamston up 22-11 and helped the Tigers win 25-13.
At the net for Plymouth, Khadija Young played well as she accumulated several blocks throughout the game. Cooper said she had a few players that put in a good effort on Tuesday.
The lopsided scores allowed both teams to go to their bench early and often, assuring everyone got some playing time.
Rogers said he was happy with the play of his reserves.
Williamston completed the sweep with a 25-18 win in the third game. At one point the Vikings were within four points of the Tigers, down 14-10, but could not muster enough points to complete the comeback.
Both teams will be back on the court Thursday, as Plymouth will host Camden and Williamston will be Thursday at Northside.