Stephens launched 17 consecutive attempts over the net, and 16 of those fell in for points. The incredible run, punctuated with six aces, propelled McCreary to a 25-16 win, and a 2-0 sweep of the Lady Bulldogs to open their season with a bang.
The first game was more balanced, with both teams fighting to gain an advantage. Clinton County had control of the net, but the Lady Raiders’ defense hung in there and forced several errors out of their opponents. With the game coming down to the wire, McCreary would prevail with a 25-23 win, and propelled them into the deciding game.
After the match Coach Robert Jones said he was very pleased with the outcome, noting Clinton County is a tough team and difficult to beat on their home court.
“It was a very good match,” he said. “Our veteran players stepped up and showed they are ready to continue where we left off at the end of last season.”
“Some of our younger players have a lot to learn yet, but I was pleasantly surprised at some of the things they showed us on the court tonight. If they can keep that momentum, and build upon every game, this could be a fun season.”
The Lady Raiders travel to Bell County tonight, before their home opener this weekend at the McCreary Central Invitational Tournament. The tourney features Bell County, Clinton County, North Laurel and Somerset.
The first match starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Next Tuesday McCreary will face a tough test in the early going when they travel to take on their District rival and 2014 District and 12th Region Champions Southwestern.