Lady Trojans volleyball team wins the showdown against Lafayette

D'aysa Jones goes high above the net for a kill. Tom Cunningham photo

NEW KENT — The September 24th game between the 4-2 New Kent Lady Trojans and the 5-2 Lafayette Lady Rams was a battle for third place in the Bay Rivers District. The Lady Trojans won the hard-fought match, giving them an early advantage against their rival from Williamsburg.

"I didn't want to make a big deal to the girls before the match but this really was a showdown match. They have beaten and lost to the same teams as us so I knew if we could win tonight we could get a foothold in the upper tier of our district. It was closer than I would have wanted but it was a great win," said Coach Burnett.

The first game set the tone for the entire match, as it went back and forth with long volleys and great front line play by both teams. The Lady Trojans were led by the blocks and kills of D'aysa Jones and Katie Ilch; when Millie Rudolph went high over the net for the final kill the home team won the first game 25-23.

"I was really pleased with the way we blocked at the net which usually isn't our strong suit but tonight we did a great job. I thought Katie (Ilch) played her best game ever; her blocks and kills were fantastic," Coach Burnett said.

The Lady Trojans lost the second game 26-24 but bounced back to win the third game 25-16. However, they lost focus in the fourth game losing 25-12 setting up a fifth and final game."I really don't know what happened in the fourth game, we just didn't play very well. However, we regrouped and played well in that final game." said Coach Burnett.

Behind the kills of Sydney Griffith and the strong serves of Skylar Cossaboon, the Lady Trojans jumped to an early 6-4 lead and never looked back, winning the final game 15-9.

"This is a great group of girls, who really enjoy being together. They don't take things too seriously but when it is time to play they all band together. They are much different than a lot of my other teams but they are great to be around because they enjoy each others company so much," said Coach Burnett.