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Richmond falls short to Lee County

SANFORD — Unable to get any momentum going, the Richmond Senior High School volleyball team suffered its second straight loss on Tuesday.

Nearing the end of the first round of conference play, Richmond and head coach Ashleigh Larsen fell to Lee County High School in three sets, 0-3.

Hanging close with the Lady Yellow Jackets (5-5, 2-2 SAC), the Lady Raiders “couldn’t find the drive” to close out the sets. 

Scores were 22-25, 22-25 and 20-25.

“The girls got in the same funk where they played on their heels from the first set,” Larsen said, alluding to a similar start in last week’s loss to Union Pines. “When we let the other team come out and take the lead, we have to be able to regroup and battle back.

“We just didn’t do that tonight,” she added. “Hopefully this loss made the girls see how important a strong start is and we’ll get ready to go again tomorrow.”

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The Lady Raiders, now 6-6 overall and 2-3 against SAC teams, will travel to non-conference Anson High School (6-2) on Wednesday. The match will begin around 6 p.m.

JV Lady Raiders fall on the road

Also playing at Lee County on Tuesday, the Richmond junior varsity volleyball team lost in straight sets, 0-2. Set scores were 19-25 and 16-25.

The JV Lady Raiders (6-6, 2-3 SAC) will play at Anson at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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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.