RACELAND A quote from the late Stuart Scott might be fitting for Fairview’s Charlee Hobbs’ performance Tuesday night in the Lady Eagles’ match with Raceland.
You can’t stop her; you can only hope to contain her.
Neither happened as Hobbs slammed a match-high 12 kills during the Lady Eagles’ 3-0 (25-13, 25-6, 25-14) sweep of Raceland.
“That was pretty efficient right there,” Fairview coach Rick Lambert said. “We have three girls in the top six in the state in digs. It’s just like any team, when you can stay in the system and pound that ball and it’s coming from all angles, it makes things tough.”
Kameron Fry led the Lady Eagles with 18 digs. Graycin Price had 16. Hobbs added 12.
The opening set was knotted at 3-3 until Hobbs smashed three consecutive kills to double up the Lady Rams. Price added a pair of aces and a Corissa Conley kill capped off a 9-3 run that put Fairview ahead, 19-8.
Set 2 was not kind to the Lady Rams as the Lady Eagles soared to a 10-0 run behind three more Price aces. The freshman led Fairview with seven total in the match. Conley delivered a pair of kills accented by three consecutive Kiera Loving’s aces to close the set on a 13-3 run for a 2-0 lead in the match.
Fairview (9-6) raced out with an 11-2 run in the third, but Raceland did not go down without a fight. The Lady Rams used a 5-0 run to pull to within six but could get no closer.
“Everybody played loose and free and that’s what you have to do,” Lambert said. “We let the mistakes go and just played the next ball. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Raceland coach Bill Farley complimented the Lady Eagles’ success but added that it’s more about the Lady Rams than their opposition.
“Fairview is a great team and their record does not indicate who they are,” Farley said. “They are fundamentally sound and well-coached, but we have to find our identity.”
Raceland (2-7) missed the services of senior Adriana Flocker, who Farley said he hopes to get back on the court Thursday.
“We’ve been at 100% one game this season, and that was the first game of the season,” he said. “We are still pretty dinged up, but our girls are playing hard and that’s all you can ask for.”