Patriots improve to 2-0

Published 11:41 pm Monday, August 27, 2018

The Pike Liberal Arts volleyball team knocked off the Abbeville Christian Generals in three games on Monday night inside the “Patriot Oven”.

The Patriots knocked off the Generals by scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-16 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Serves played a factor in the Patriots win on Monday. Multiple times, coach Floyd could be heard yelling ‘great serve’ to her players. In the final two games Monday, the Patriots accumulated 11 aces.

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“We had some really good serves,” said head coach Mallory Floyd. “Mary Ramage was on it with her serves. Morgan Bundy was really good with serves and so was Ally Rushing. We have just improved greatly since that last game

“It’s very important because that is how a game starts. They have done really well and it has picked up. They worked on it at practice yesterday (Sunday) and it has improved since the last time we played.”

Ramage led the Patriots with 28 points, Bundy had 8, while Sarah Elizabeth Calhoun had 6.

The Trojans have started 2-0. Floyd believes it’s all about hard work, while at the same time working together.

“They all work together really well,” Floyd said. “They all play together really well. They are all positives and they don’t get down even though they are on the bench. They really work hard together.”

The early success has brought excitement to the volleyball program.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Floyd said. “I have had a lot of fun. Thursday was my first game and it’s been a lot of fun coaching girls that are having fun and wanting to win.”

The Patriots will have their first road test on Thursday when they travel to take on Morgan Academy in Selma.

“We are going to have to continue to work on our coverage, moving our feet and communicating,” Floyd said.

The junior varsity squad began the afternoon with a two-game sweep of the Generals 25-7, and 25-9.