Kinston beats Opp, 3-1

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Opp's Andrea Shepard digs the ball Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Kinston’s Lady Bulldogs defeated Opp 3-1 Tuesday night in regular season volleyball action, ending a short three-match win streak for the Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Bobcats fell 17-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25 to a strong Lady Bulldogs team, who utilized its strong hitters up front for easy winners.

“It was exciting,” OHS coach Christie Spurlin said about game two. “They played well. They played hard and worked hard together.”

Opp’s only win of the match came when the Lady Bobcats battled the majority of the game, holding the lead over the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bobcats went on an early 4-0 run in the second game, and both teams went back-and-forth, keeping the scoring close to within two points.

With a 20-17 lead, Opp allowed Kinston to go on a short 3-1 run and with the score at 24-22, Kinston took a time out to regroup.

The Lady Bobcats (4-6) sealed the game two win, and Opp’s girls erupted in cheers.

When the match got back to business, the Lady Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way, taking an early 8-2 lead in the third game, and putting the game away with a 22-15 lead to where Opp couldn’t recover.

Kinston took an early 7-1 lead in game four, and held leads of 18-12, 20-14 and 23-15 before sealing the nine-point win.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Bulldogs won 25-13, 25-15.

The Lady Bobcats will travel to play Geneva in area action tomorrow. The junior varsity squad begins at 4:30 p.m.

In other action Tuesday night, Red Level beat Florala 3-1, and Straughn fell to Carroll-Ozark 2-1. The Lady Tigers’ final match against Geneva was not complete when the Star-News went to press.