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R.C. Byrd rolls past Liberty

by Randall Jett

CORRESPONDENT

CLARKSBURG -- Robert C. Byrd swept past Liberty, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-8, in Big 10 Conference volleyball action Wednesday.

The Eagles (9-10, 6-3 Big 10) used a variety of player combinations on the night as coach Lawren Sandy took a long look at some of her key reserves in preparation for the stretch run of the season.

"I was able to use a lot of the girls," Sandy said. "We played well overall. We did a lot of subbing -- things that I haven't been doing this year -- putting different people in different schemes and using some of my JV players."

Raina Lafferty topped RCB in scoring with 12 service points and five aces.

Brittany Bond scored nine points and three aces, while Samantha Broadstock added seven points and two aces.

Defensively, Jenna Wolfe accounted for 10 kills and one block to lead the Eagles. Carrie Harpold provided three kills, and Caroline Axton added two kills from off the bench. Bond was credited with 18 assists, and Liza Fulks added seven assists.

RCB and Liberty (0-15, 0-9) traded scores early in the first game. With the score knotted 11-11, the Eagles took control behind the serving of Bond and Lafferty.

In the second game, both squads went toe-to-toe for the entire contest. Tied 23-23, RCB gained the victory when the Mountaineers had two straight bad return volleys -- a side out and a low return.

The third game was all RCB as Liberty managed only two service points.

"In the first two games, we could have played better than we played," LHS coach Debbie Spears said. "The third game, we quit."

"I think right now the girls are just so frustrated about not having a win that they're afraid to win. Once we get a win, then I think the confidence level will be where it needs to be. Until we get it, we're just going to keep struggling."

The Mountaineers were led in scoring by Marella Bennett and Bobbie Jo Matheny, who each finished with four points. Bennett had two aces and Matheny one.

At the net, Jami Stout led Liberty with two kills and two blocks. Matheny also had two kills.