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Lady Raiders drop first conference match at Pinecrest

ROSports File Photo: Richmond lost in straight sets to Pinecrest on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

SOUTHERN PINES —Two nights after rallying to a five-set win to open Sandhills Athletic Conference play, the Lady Raider volleyball team couldn’t muster another comeback on Thursday.

On the road at Pinecrest High School, Richmond dropped its first conference bout of the season in straight sets, 0-3. 

Set scores were 14-25, 11-25 and 16-25.

“We came out like we did on Tuesday,” head coach Ashleigh Larsen said, alluding to a slow start. “And we just couldn’t dig ourselves out of this one.

“We had a lot of disconnect as a team and Pinecrest capitalized on it,” she added.

The Lady Raiders (4-4, 1-1 SAC) have a three-match home streak next week, starting with Hoke County on Tuesday. 

That will be followed by non-conference Anson High School on Wednesday and SAC opponent Union Pines on Thursday. All matches will start at 6 p.m.

JV Lady Raiders also lose to Pinecrest

Ahead of the varsity match, the JV Lady Raiders also fell to Pinecrest in straight sets, 0-2.

Richmond and head coach Melissa Dennis lost 10-25 in the opening frame, before pulling closer, 23-25, in the second stanza.

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The JV Lady Raiders (5-3, 1-1 SAC) will host Hoke County on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Note: Ashleigh Larsen, Melissa Dennis and Mica Way contributed to this article.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-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.