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Lady Raiders battle Pine Forest in ‘Norton Strong Game’

ROSports File Photo: Quston Leviner drills a kill during a win against Scotland. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

FAYETTEVILLE — Momentum from a comeback win on Tuesday carried over into Wednesday’s match, but the Lady Raider volleyball team couldn’t maintain an early lead.

Taking a break from Sandhills Athletic Conference play, Richmond and head coach Ashleigh Larsen traveled to non-conference Pine Forest High School.

The match was deemed the “Norton Strong Game,” played in memory of Jason Norton, a longtime coach and athletic director involved with both schools.

Richmond would win the first set 25-21 before dropping the next three frames by scores of 17-25, 26-28 and 20-25 to the Lady Trojans (9-7).

“The girls didn’t play terribly tonight,” Larsen said. “But we did not have the same drive and energy throughout the entire match as we did last night (against Scotland). 

“Once we find that energy, we need to be able to feed off of it,” she added.

Richmond (7-8, 3-3 SAC) will close a three-match week with a home contest on Thursday. 

Starting the second round of conference play, the Lady Raiders will play Southern Lee High School (5-8, 0-6 SAC), starting at 6:15 p.m.

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JV Lady Raiders earn second straight win

The Richmond junior varsity volleyball team defeated Pine Forest 2-0 in straight sets on Wednesday. Scores were 25-20 and 25-18.

Improving to 8-7 and 3-3 in SAC play, the JV Lady Raiders will welcome in Southern Lee at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Note: Mica Way contributed to this article.

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Kyle Pillar is a nine-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.