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New Hanover beats Trojans in three sets

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 The West Brunswick High School volleyball team lost in straight sets Thursday, Sept. 12, to New Hanover in a conference match in Shallotte.

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New Hanover won the match 25-22, 25-10, 25-23.

West is 1-3 in the conference, 4-3 overall. New Hanover is 2-2 in the conference, 7-2 overall.

In the first set, the score was tied 11-11 when West’s Nicole Phillips took over serving. She held serve for four points, including an ace, in giving West a 15-11 lead.

New Hanover took the lead for good by scoring five straight points for a 20-17 advantage.

Thereafter, neither team could sustain a rally. West trailed 22-21 and was serving but a West error led to a sideout for New Hanover. New Hanover gained a point when West was unable to return a serve. A kill by West’s Olivia Babson fended off set point, but New Hanover broke serve and won the set on a kill.

In the second set, West was unable to break the serves of senior Kassie McRostie. New Hanover led 14-10 and gained a sideout off an errant West serve. McRostie took over serving and she scored 10 straight points to win the set. In the 10-0 run, the first three points were aces. She finished with five aces in the run.

In the third set, McRostie rallied New Hanover to a 14-11 lead. She held serve for 10 straight points, four of them aces.

The set remained close thereafter. West took its last lead, 19-16, on an ace by Phillips, her fourth serving point in a 4-0 run.

The teams tied 20-20 and 21-21 before New Hanover scored off an errant West hit and a kill in taking a 23-21 lead.

After a West timeout, a kill by McRostie gave New Hanover a 24-21 lead and set up match point. West scored two points off a kill by Babson and an ace by Morrison in cutting the lead to 24-23. But New Hanover won the set and the match on a delayed call of an out-of-bounds serve.

Phillips finished with six kills. She completed 12 of 13 serves and scored nine points.

Babson finished with seven kills. She was perfect on eight serves.

Morrison had seven digs.

Meeka Hewett was perfect on eight serves. She had eight digs.

Katie Simmons was perfect on nine serves. She had eight digs. She also had 15 assists.