WINTERBORO – Lincoln’s Emma Hobbs took center stage on Tuesday night when she recorded three straight aces in the first game of the second set against Childersburg. With her in the lead, the Golden Bears scored six unanswered runs, but Hobbs, like any good performer, saved his best for last.
Hobbs sprinted to follow up on her last serve, but she would have been better off dropping the mic. The short serve barely cleared the net, catching the Tigers off guard for a final ace.
“The point at the end of the game was on a short serve that she sometimes serves when they back up on her,” Lincoln coach Patty Hansen said. “So she can spot and see that, and she just dropped it on the net.”
Lincoln defeated Childersburg in straight sets, 25-12 then 25-9. The Golden Bears also earned a straight-sets win over Winterboro, 25-14, 25-13.
Lincoln’s quartet of Madison Barnhart, Jaycee Woods, Jaylah King and Kamayla Dye all made their presence felt with hard, powerful shots at net.
“We’re usually going to attack the ball pretty hard, and I tell them I don’t care if it’s in or out, attack it hard,” Hansen said. “Hit hard.”
Winterboro’s defense managed to intercept the ball, but the Bulldogs struggled to slow the ball’s momentum.
“I let them know that the harder the person hits, the more they’re going to pull away from their body,” Winterboro coach Shernelia Townsend said. “That means they have to stay, which is to say stay where they are and not jump. They have to be as stable as possible throughout.
Winterboro couldn’t finish against Lincoln, but the Bulldogs picked up a straight-sets win over Childersburg, 25-22, 25-17.
— The Bulldogs might have played the best defense of the three teams in their game against Lincoln. The Trinity Stamps of Winterboro played a big part in it as she dug up a lot of bullets that seemed unsalvageable. Winterboro returned plenty for runs as Lincoln’s defense looked troubled by the unexpected turn of events.
– Childersburg blocked Lincoln for most of the first set, but Lincoln beat the Tigers 12-1 coming out of a timeout to win the first set. Three of the last six points gave Lincoln aces. This trend continued in the final set when the Golden Bears recorded seven aces as a team, including four from Hobbs.
– Lincoln libero McKynlee Young recorded three aces, and she also stood out as the team’s best defender. Her voice directed her teammates and she would often hold the ball in the air on her own when Winterboro or Childersburg sent the ball more than three yards from the net.
— Hansen on wins: “They needed two wins. One of them counts for county standings, so it was good to get that win, and we have two more county games on Thursday, and those girls, they needed a good day, and they got had a great day today, and I was proud of them.”
— Townsend on Stamps: “For her, it’s overwhelming. That’s what I told them is to hustle as much as possible and make sure they don’t give up a ball, and today she did a really good job of that.
— Childersburg coach Terrie Sprayberry on the first win of the season last week: “It was huge. I would have liked to be able to film their faces.
– Lincoln (9-17) takes on Fayetteville and Munford Thursday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
— Winterboro (3-8) hosts Sylacauga Thursday at 6 p.m.
— Childersburg (1-7) travels to Walter Wellborn on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
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