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NGA volleyball drops final home match

October 02, 2019 - 13:42
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    Gracie Arrington meets a JHA player at the net and punches the ball to the other side. PHOTO: Justin Hubbard


The Nathanael Greene Academy volleyball team wrapped up its home slate last Thursday night.

The Lady Patriots hosted archrival John Hancock Academy and dropped the match, 3-0. But not before they gave the Lady Rebels scares throughout the contest.

JHA took the first set, 25-15. The Lady Rebels hit a skid, however, when NGA’s Kensley Godbee scored on a long string of serves to make things interesting late. Eventually, JHA padded its lead and won the set.

Merri Wheeler, NGA's lone senior, was honored for her senior night following the set. Wheeler and the Lady Patriots started set two on a roll.

With Jill Crumbley serving, NGA started with a 4-1 lead. The set was a tight bout from there and, eventually, the teams were tied at 13. JHA worked to a 16-14 lead before NGA head coach Andrea Finch called a timeout.

The Lady Rebels took advantage of a few miscues and won the set, 25-18.

NGA opened the third set completely opposite of how it began set two. The Lady Patriots found themselves down 10-3 at one point, thanks in large part to a lot of hits that went out of bounds along with miscommunication. JHA built a 15-4 lead soon thereafter.

Facing a 20-12 deficit, the Lady Patriots found a groove and stormed back. They wound up taking a 23-20 lead before the Lady Rebels scored another point.

JHA tied the game 23-23 and then scored the final two points necessary to win the set and the match.

Thursday’s loss dropped NGA to a 3-10 overall record. The Lady Patriots returned to action Thursday with matches against Trinity Prep School and Covington Academy, which were both contested at Trinity Prep.