SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J.- The Lady Vikings volleyball team fell just short in both sets as they were swept by the Hillsborough Raiders on Thursday night.
Despite losing both sets in consecutive fashion, South Brunswick battled during its defeat.
"I do think they did an excellent job not giving up tonight," said head coach Kacy Kelly. "Sometimes they decide to come back in too-late of a fashion, but not tonight."
The Vikings certainly did not start out well.
They came out of the gate down to Hillsborough 10-3.
The Raiders used their ability to control the momentum and capitalized when the Vikings committed mistakes.
After coach Kelly took her first timeout, South Brunswick began to display their “battle levels.”
They mounted a comeback in which they were down 20-12 and clawed back to make it 20-17.
Ultimately it wasn't enough as they lost the first set 25-22.
A large part of Hillsborough's success came from their service game.
"They could serve the call very well and they did that tonight," said Kelly. "They made it tough to on us to return their serves."
As the second set went on, South Brunswick started out slow once again, down 8-2.
They did, however, get on bit of a run.
Senior Dakota Apicella was in charge for keeping the momentum going during her service run.
The Vikings came back and took the lead 10-8.
Apicella tallied one dig, two aces, two kills and seven service points.
After surrendering a point, coach Kelly used her timeout and inserted Leeannah Hunter to her front line.
Hunter provided a big spark to the Vikings' offense as they took a 16-9 lead over the Raiders.
Hunter racked up one assist and two blocks.
"In my eyes, Lee played very well tonight," Kelly said. "She brings a lot of energy for us and she played a large role in our sustained momentum in the second set."
Despite the Vikings' comeback, Hillsborough's service game took over again and led them to a second set victory 25-22, taking the match 2-0.
South Brunswick will have to put this loss in the back of their minds as they finish the year 13-8.
They will host the first round of the GMC playoffs tomorrow.
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