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Topsail clinches win in tight match for fourth straight victory


Topsail’s Reagan Holloway jumps to spike the ball against South Brunswick during Tuesday’s Mideastern Conference volleyball match in Hampstead (Photo by Matt Born)


Hampstead | It was a tight, back-and-forth match, but Topsail notched its fourth straight win to beat conference opponent South Brunswick 3-2 (25-9, 25-27, 23-25, 25-14, 15-13).

The victory pushes Topsail’s Mideastern Conference record to 6-5, while South Brunswick drops to 4-7.

Topsail established dominance in the first set of the match. The Pirates jumped out to a 12-1 start en route to a 25-9 victory.

South coach Wes Kidd didn’t like the slow start.

“We weren’t mentally prepared to step onto the court in the first set,” he said. “Everything that was wrong could be fixed. Our ball control is what we take pride in, and it was just not there in the first set.”

South Brunswick answered in the second set by jumping out to a 10-4 lead. Topsail fought back, but the Cougars were able to hold off the Pirates’ rally and win 27-25 behind Kelsi Kazmierczak and her clutch serving.

Neither team could pull away in the third set. A spike from Cali Watson finally won the game for the Cougars, 25-23.

Topsail coach Hill Pearsall explained his team’s letdown in the first and second sets.

“I thought that in the second and third game we came out real flat,” he said. “I think we took them for granted. We just had inconsistency with a few things like hitting the ball into the net or hitting it out of bounds.”

Topsail dominated most of the fourth set and went on to win 25-14.

“I told them (after the third set) that good teams can win when it’s easy, and great teams can win when it’s hard,” he said. “They took that to heart and they came out and played amazing.”

The fifth set went down to the wire. Tied at 13, Topsail squeezed out a win and won the match 3-2.

“In the fifth game we had a great lead, but we had too many errors that cost us,” Pearsall said. “Our girls persevered and the other team committed some errors to help us win the match.”

Topsail travels to Dixon on Wednesday, while South Brunswick continues conference play against New Hanover at home on Thursday.