COVINGTON - Newton started its volleyball season with a loss to Stockbridge, but head coach Shandelyn Carter likes what she saw despite the 25-18, 25-9 score.
"I feel great about our game considering that a couple of my starters are sick and I'm having to play with six girls. I think they did a tremendous job," she said. "My one senior, Joy Pollock, stepped up and she was their leader, and kept the girls together and everyone just rallied behind her. They were a little nervous in practice about being able to play."
The Lady Rams started the first game on the attack as they took a 4-1 lead with kills by Pollock and sophomore Raven Prather.
Newton lost the lead at 6-5, but was able to stay within three points of the Lady Tigers for most of the game.
However, late in the game Stockbridge tallied five straight points to take a 22-16 lead. Newton tried to hold on but could only manage to trade points, ultimately losing the first game.
"Some of the ones that were out there are playing sick, too. I'm really proud of them," Carter said.
The first game took its toll on the Lady Rams as they came out fast matching Stockbridge point-for-point before quickly fading.
The Lady Tigers scored most of their points in bunches - putting together rallies of four and five points at a time.
Prather paced Newton with three aces as Kelsey Upton had one.
There were two points by kills scored by Pollock and Lynae Bogues while Alethea Faggett had a block.
"On Monday, we'll iron out all the wrinkles and put everything together. Now they see where they need to go and what they need to do on defense," Carter said. "Some of the girls, who will be my reserve players, will be better."
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