The Mathews High School varsity volleyball team hosted a five-team jamboree on Saturday, as the Lady Devils prepared for tonight’s season opener at New Kent.
Mathews faced off against Jamestown, Menchville, Peninsula Catholic and Warhill in the preseason contest, with each team playing two sets against the other.
The Lady Devils had their best performance in the eight years they have held the jamboree, winning seven out of the eight sets played, making Mathews the overall winner of the day.
MHS started off its day beating the Warhill Lions by scores of 25-19 and 25-20. Team serving leaders were Kacie Austin and Mackenzie Moughon with two aces apiece, followed by Maddie McCann with one.
Moughon led the team with 11 digs followed by Rachel Close, Teeny Robbins, and McCann with five each. Lindsay Crigler had 15 assists, while Moughon led the team in kills with 12, followed by Robbins with four, Austin with two and Shelby Ware with one. "After getting down to a 14-4 deficit, the girls showed some real character by coming on strong for the rest of the set and pulled off the win," said MHS head coach Pat Moughon.
The Lady Devils next match was the toughest for them, facing Jamestown, the only team they lost to last season. Without powerhouse hitter Casey Parrish, the Devils were still able to take one set off the Lady Eagles. Scores were, first set 27-25 and second set 13-25. Defensive leaders for the Devils were Austin and Robbins with seven digs each, followed by Close and Moughon with five. Serving leaders were Moughon with three aces, and McCann and Austin with one each. Kill leaders were Moughon with six, Robbins with four, McCann with two and Crigler with one. Crigler led the Devils with seven assists, while Robbins was credited with one.
The Menchville Monarchs were the Devils next competitors. The Devils gave everyone playing time in this match, winning 25-19 and 25-21. No stats were available for the rest of the games. Mathews finished off by defeating Peninsula Catholic in two games.
Following tonight’s game against New Kent, the MHS girls take a short break, returning to action on Tuesday, Sept. 7, when the Devils host Northumberland.