PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lady Raiders split tri-match with Hanceville, Susan Moore

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The Good Hope Lady Raiders defeated Hanceville 2-0 Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Good Hope and Susan Moore made the trip to Hanceville High School Tuesday afternoon for a tri-match with the Lady Bulldogs and the day got started with an area showdown between Susan Moore and Hanceville. Hanceville fell in straight sets to Susan Moore and the Lady Raiders followed them to start the second match of the day. Susan Moore edged Good Hope 2-1 in a tight match to collect its second win of the trip and Hanceville made its way back on to the court to close out the night with a match against the Lady Raiders. After winning a close first set, Good Hope pulled away to win the second set and knock off the Lady Bulldogs at home 2-0.

Susan Moore 3 – Hanceville 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-14)

Susan Moore built an 8-4 lead early in the first set and was able to stretch that lead to 15-5 as the match went on. After getting behind 21-5, the Lady Bulldogs managed to chip away a bit of the lead, but Susan Moore pulled away to take the first set 25-10.

Susan Moore jumped to another early lead in the second set, taking a 6-1 lead, but Hanceville was able to cut the lead down to 7-5. The Lady Bulldogs then tied the set at 10 before Susan Moore went on an 11-1 scoring run to take a 21-11 lead and eventually go on to take the next set 25-13.

The third set was tied at five apiece early on before Hanceville scored to make it 6-5 and take its first lead of the match. Susan Moore responded with a scoring run of its own and took a 12-7 lead that eventually stretched to 18-8. The Lady Bulldogs managed to chip away and make it 20-14 but Susan Moore scored the final five points of the set to win it 25-14 and take the match in straight sets.

Susan Moore 2 – Good Hope 1 (25-20, 19-25, 15-9)

The Lady Raiders struggled early in the opening set against Susan Moore, falling behind 4-1 right out of the gate. Good Hope managed to cut into the lead a bit and make it 8-5 but Susan Moore was able to keep the Lady Raiders out of reach the rest of the way and pulled away to take the first set 25-20.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to another fast start in the second set, but Good Hope was able to bounce back and take a 9-8 lead midway through the set. Susan Moore tied the set at 10 and the score would be knotted at 15 and 17 as the set went on. After taking a 20-19 lead, the Lady Raiders ran off five straight points to take the second set 25-19 and force a tiebreaker set.

In the third set of the match, it was Good Hope that jumped out to an early lead, but the Lady Raiders couldn’t maintain their early momentum. After trailing 3-0 at the start, Susan Moore scored eight straight points to take a five-point lead. The Lady Bulldogs led things 11-7 midway through the set but took control from that point on and took the tiebreaker set 15-9 to knock off Good Hope.

Good Hope 2 – Hanceville 0 (25-20, 25-15)

After falling to Susan Moore in the first two matches of the night, Hanceville and Good Hope squared off to close out Tuesday’s tri-match. Good Hope led the first set 4-2 early and held a 9-8 lead as the match went on. The Lady Bulldogs tied things up at 15 later in the set before the Lady Raiders went back in front 18-16. Good Hope held a 20-19 advantage late in the set but finished things with a 5-1 scoring run that gave the Lady Raiders a 1-0 start to the match.

Good Hope took a 3-0 lead to start the second set, but Hanceville was able to score three straight points to tie things up. The Lady Raiders moved back in front 8-6 and found a way to take control after that. Good Hope stretched its lead to 14-7 at one point and pulled away to take the set 25-15 and collect a 2-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Hanceville and Good Hope will be back on the road Thursday when they travel to take on St. Bernard and Cold Springs respectively.

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