Lady Stags fall to James Island and Hanahan
There were flashes of brilliance from the Berkeley volleyball team during a tri-match with Hanahan and James Island last week, flashes that have been fleeting over the past four seasons.
“Four coaches in four years, it’s hard for these girls to build any kind of consistency from teaching over that time,” said first-year coach Aimee Whitaker. “Some of these girls have played under four different coaches and that’s four different styles and strategies of playing.”
The Lady Stags fell in straight games to James Island, 25-9, 25-19 and to Hanahan 25-21, 25-15.
Berkeley started off the first match strong, jumping out to a 5-4 lead over the Lady Trojans, highlighted by an Olivia Warren kill, but seven straight James Island service points before a Peyton Pinson block and a Kelston Hilton dink put James Island in command at 20-9.
In Game 2 the Lady Stags battled hard, knotting the score 8-8 behind a pair of Pinson kills and a Hilton kill and dink. The two teams traded service points through the teens with a Warren ace to pull Berkeley to within two at 19-17.
James Island would nail the game with a 6-0 run to close out the scoring 25-19.
Against Hanahan the Lady Stags would again fight it close but fall in the later points of the match.
In Game 1 the Lady Hawks jumped out to an 11-4 lead and never looked back. Berkeley cut it close at 13-9 behind Olivia Warren’s four service points. Kelston Hilton’s block and kill kept BHS in the hunt at 16-11.
Kills by Warren and Peyton Pinson pulled the Lady Stags to within three at 21-18 before Hanahan served out the game at 25-21.
In Game 2, HHS pulled away with five straight service points to take an 18-10 and cruise to a 25-15 win. Hilton led the Lady Stags attack with five kills in the second game.
“We just need to be more consistent,” Whitaker said. “We’re fighting hard but coming up short at the end.”