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Lady Raiders swept by Lee County on senior night

The Lady Raiders meet during a timeout during the third set of Thursday's match. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — For the final time during the regular season, the Lady Raider volleyball team took to its home court on Thursday.

Playing its penultimate match of the season, Richmond hosted Sandhills Athletic Conference opponent Lee County High School on Pink Night.

Unable to end its current losing streak, the Lady Raiders lost 3-0 to the Lady Yellow Jackets. Set scores were 16-25, 18-25 and 19-25.

Thursday’s match was also senior night, which saw head coach Ashleigh Larsen and the team recognize a trio of seniors for their contributions to the program. 

This year’s group of soon-to-be graduates was made up of Catherine Dennis, Quston Leviner and Joy Styles.

All of them four-year members of the volleyball program, each senior was escorted by family members and given flowers and a gift bag.

“All three of the girls have been such a big part of our program for a long time,” Larsen said. “Catherine has always been our vocal leader, and Joy has also really stepped up and come out of her shell the last two years. Quston has also filled that role this season.

“I hate to lose all three of them,” she added. “They’re big assets to our team, whether that’s having a big offensive or defensive game. They feed off each other, bring the momentum into the huddle and we’re going to miss them.”

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Dennis finished the match with a team-high 6 kills, and Leviner and juniors Katie Way and Christi Jacobs all added 3 kills apiece.

A trio of Lady Raiders racked up double-digit digs — junior Allie Rodgers (13), junior Jenna Gardner (12) and Styles (11). Way added 5 digs and sophomore Ava Edmondson chipped in 8 digs.

As a team, the Lady Raiders served 7 aces, with Jacobs and Rodgers dialing up two apiece. Dennis capped the stat sheet with 3 blocks.

Richmond (8-12, 4-7 SAC) concludes its regular season on the road at rival Scotland High School (9-7, 5-5 SAC) next Thursday. First serve is set for 6:15 p.m.

JV Lady Raiders swept by Lee County

In junior varsity action, the JV Lady Raiders lost to Lee County 2-0. Set scores were 20-25 and 13-25.

Falling to 9-11 overall and 4-7 against SAC teams, the JV Lady Raiders will close their season next Thursday at Scotland, beginning at 5 p.m.

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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.