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Despite ‘silly mistakes,’ SD volleyball team wins match

(Oct. 17, 2014) The Stephen Decatur volleyball team struggled to get into a rhythm during Tuesday’s match against the North Dorchester Eagles, but the Lady Seahawks proved they were the stronger squad, pulling out the victory.

“We made silly mistakes throughout the entire game,” said Decatur Coach Sarah Purnell. “We made way too many errors, and we really gave North Dorchester a lot of free points. North Dorchester really seemed to want those games and they played really hard.”

Decatur won the first game on its home court, 25-15.

Points were traded in the second game. Decatur senior Victoria Williams’ serving ace evened the score 24-24, but North Dorchester tallied the next two points to win, 26-24.

The visiting Eagles gained a 4-0 advantage in the third game. The Seahawks chipped away at the lead, courtesy of two service aces by senior Kayla Heinz.

The Berlin squad pulled ahead 7-4, but North Dorchester fought back to tie it.

Decatur maintained a slight lead throughout the game and won 25-19.

The Seahawks took the fourth game, 25-13.

“We will continue working on the basics like we have been all season,” Purnell said. “I want to see my girls want it more than they have. North Dorchester was pumped after their win and I want to see more of that from my girls.”

Senior captain Hannah Adkins contributed to the win with seven kills. Marina Jones, a senior, chipped in with four kills and Heinz tallied eight aces and four assists.

Williams logged four aces and senior Haley Trice had eight assists and two aces.

Decatur will host the Snow Hill Eagles on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The senior Seahawks will be honored that evening.

When the two teams met on Sept. 25, Decatur won 25-13, 25-22 and 25-9.

Stephen Decatur seniors Victoria Williams, front, and captain Hannah Adkins go for the ball during Tuesday’s match against North Dorchester in Berlin.

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