|NH sweeps Cumby in 19-A action|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 22, 2004 - BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers opened up District 19-A volleyball action with a three-game sweep over the Cumby Lady Trojans 26-24, 25-13, 25-14 Tuesday night at W.S. "Pete" Long Gymnasium.
Coach Danna Lewis' team is now 10-8 on the season and 1-0 in district play, while Cumby, under coach Ron Hogue, is now 8-5 on the season and 0-1 in district.
The Lady Trojans are off Friday night and will host Yantis next Tuesday with a 5 p.m. junior varsity start.
North Hopkins is off on Friday night, but Lewis is trying to find another game for her girls to play in and give them some more time on the court.
If the team does not play Friday, they will travel to Fruitvale next Tuesday to face the Lady Bobcats, with the junior varsity squad starting at 5 p.m.
"We play Fruitvale down there so we are going to work on serving and receiving in preparation for that game because we had trouble with that tonight," Lewis said. "We are just going to keep working hard and doing what we have been doing."
The Lady Panthers started off slow in the contest as Cumby stormed to an early 3-0 lead in game one on three aces by Christina Chambliss, and a 14-4 score late in the first game.
"We started off really slow and I knew that wasn't the team that we were coming into district with," Lewis said. "I think maybe it was nerves and a first district game, and it was a great comeback for our team."
Ahead by four late in game one, the Lady Trojans couldn't hold the lead as North Hopkins scored the final six points and wrapped up the game on back-to-back aces by Tashona Berry.
In game two, the Lady Panthers turned it on early when Katy Williams blocked a Cumby assault and extended the North Hopkins lead to 11-3 in the game.
Cumby came back to within two at 11-13 when Maegan Baxter served the ball into the net, but North Hopkins outscored Cumby 12-3 the remainder of game two.
"I was real proud of them because they hustled and never quit and that is what you want to see at this stage right now - girls that won't quit," Lewis said.
In game three, NH blasted out to a 4-0 advantage behind the play of Johnson and Williams as Johnson had two of her three aces on the night.
Cumby's Karen Lacey got them to within nine points at 18-9, but the Lady Panthers never let up in game three.
Johnson wrapped up the game with eight points, nine kills, three digs, a block and three aces, while Williams recorded 12 kills, two blocks and three aces.
Berry had 10 points for the Lady Panthers with two kills, five digs, one block and two aces, and Baxter had 17 assists and three dinks in the game.
"I think that tonight's game was the best comeback that my girls have ever done," Lewis said.
In junior varsity action, North Hopkins defeated Cumby in two games by the score of 25-17, 25-13.
Holly Argenbright had six kills and Megan Lehr had four aces in the contest. Alice Cox had three aces and Ashley Hooten and Leia Butler both had an ace for the Lady Panthers.
"Cumby has a good team and you don't let them have anything because they pass good and serve good. They have girls that can hit the ball all over the court, so we made sure we played hard and stay focused and know that we don't ever let up, especially against Cumby," Lewis said.