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Richmond suffers first conference loss at Union Pines

ROSports File Photo: Seniors Keyoni Nichols (left) and Jenna Gardner (right) were two members of the back row who Coach Ashleigh Larsen praised on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

CAMERON — The Richmond Senior High School volleyball team saw its season-long winning streak come to an end on Thursday.

One of three teams to enter play without a loss against a Sandhills Athletic Conference opponent, the Lady Raiders suffered a loss that snapped their three-game roll.

On the road at Union Pines High School, Richmond was swept in straight sets 3-0. Set scores were 9-25, 15-25 and 11-25.

Head coach Ashleigh Larsen noted the team handled a strong attack from the Lady Vikings (7-3, 2-1 SAC) defensively, but mistakes and the inability to counter at the net cost Richmond the match.

“Our back row played really well tonight,” Larsen said. “Jenna (Gardner), Allie (Rodgers), Katie (Way), KG (Smith) and Keyoni (Nichols) did what was needed. And I thought Ava (Edmondson) dished out a lot of really good passes.

“But we just couldn’t get our offense going,” she added. “There were moments where we played really well, but they were overshadowed by our errors.”

The Lady Raiders (5-4, 2-1 SAC) are finished for the week and will resume play with a trio of matches starting on Monday. 


Richmond will make up an earlier postponement against Pinecrest High School (6-5, 2-0 SAC), one of two unbeaten SAC teams, at home at 6 p.m.

JV Lady Raiders also lose

Dropping its second match in a row, the Richmond junior varsity volleyball team also fell to Union Pines.

The JV Lady Raiders lost in two sets behind scores of 18-25 and 14-25.

“We played well, especially for having a new lineup,” head coach Melissa Dennis said. “Union Pines was good defensively and we had some trouble finding the floor.”

The JV Lady Raiders (5-4, 1-2 SAC) return to the court on Monday against Pinecrest High School. The home match will start at 5 p.m.

Sports editor’s note: Mica Way contributed to this article. No official stats were available at the time of publication.

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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.