Volleyball wins for Rhodes Hall, Maldon
Rhodes Hall routed Maldon in three sets to win their opening Group H match of the 2015 ISSA National Volleyball Championship for girls, but suffered an equally bruising loss in the boys' section on Monday.
Rhodes Hall's victory in the girls' category was set up by some good defence and they triumphed 25-9, 25-11, 25-13 in their best-of-five sets game.
Delesha Campbell had a good game for the hosts, and her serves were excellent. Her teammates, Rodene Morris, Shavanese Warren and Antoinette Douglas, simply outclassed their opponents to come away with the vital points.
Maldon's boys were much better in their match against Rhodes Hall. They showed their class in a thrilling four-setter. They lost the first 25-24 but then stormed out to a big nine-point lead in the second set, before taking it 25-18.
They also accounted for the third 25-18 before taking the game 25-20 in the fourth set for a commanding win.
"We knew it would be a difficult game for the girls because they are inexperienced, and it showed against Rhodes Hall, who played well and got the win," said Maldon coach Renardo Vassell.
"The boys are much more experienced and have a lot of height to go along with it, so their win was expected, even though Rhodes Hall are a good team as well," Vassell said.
The Maldon boys spiked, smashed and served their way to the win, which puts them atop the group.
"We are hoping that this group of boys will win the western championship and challenge for the national title," said Vassell, who guided the school to a semi-final finish last year.