WATSON -- Live Oak didn’t waste any time getting off to a good start in District 4-II play Monday, sweeping Scotlandville 25-15, 25-21, 25-12.
The visiting Hornets played well but ran into a buzzsaw Live Oak team that could do little wrong.
“I thought they played pretty good,” Live Oak coach Chastity Sims said. “We had a few communication errors, but I was subbing a lot, so that’s expected when you’re throwing their normalcy off. But other than that, I thought they played well.”
The trio of Sophia Foster, Savannah Noble, and Camryn Gerage had strong showings for Live Oak (5-3 overall, 1-0). Foster had six kills, two aces, and three huge blocks, while Gerage recorded four kills, six aces, and three blocks. Noble came up strong for the Lady Eagles defensively with five digs and block.
“We were just on tonight.” Sims said. “We had a couple of players who made some good plays. Sophia Foster, she had three good blocks and she’s doing really well at the net. A good block always gets you excited and pumped.”
Foster, however, said she could have played better.
“I didn’t play as well as I should have,” Foster said. “I missed a few serves. I didn’t play how I wanted to. I can work on my serves and stay under the net.”
Nya Terrell was a force for Scotlandville, recording two kills and a block while remaining in the middle of every play.
Live Oak cruised to a comfortable victory in the first set after reaching and maintaining an early double-digit lead.
“It was a lack of self-motivation,” Scotlandville coach Gwen Jackson said. “Confidence and inability to execute what we are instilling them to do. We’re working on those things."
The second set was much closer out of the gate, with Live Oak starting slowly before pulling ahead for a 18-11 lead.
Scotlandville eventually rallied back, using a DeShannon Quiett block to close the gap to 24-21. As soon as the Lady Hornets rallied and made the set competitive, the Lady Eagles closed out the match.
Foster came up huge for Live Oak at the net with two blocks that gave her team the space they needed to pull off the set victory.
Live Oak cruised out to the gate to a 6-1 lead in the third set and hardly looked back. Scotlandville (2-4, 0-1) got as close as 15-9 before the Lady Eagles put the game away behind an ace from Gerange to make it 20-11, seemingly adding to her team's confidence needed to wrap up the match.
“I felt like we passed well tonight,” Foster said. “They were better than what they usually are. That’s what made us click tonight.”
Scotlandville dropped to 2-4 on the season, including their third straight sweep in defeat.
“We are a far better team than that,” Jackson said. “We are in the process of teaching them how to self-motivate as well as having your teammates on the bench motivate you. That’s all we’re looking forward to -- getting them to that point where they confident in themselves and in what they can do. Because this game shouldn’t have been three sets, it should have been down to the wire.”
Live Oak registered its fourth sweep of the season, a number that includes two in the Dutchtown tournament over the weekend.
“It really pumps us up,” Foster said. “It really gets us ready for the next game, ready to win.”