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Battery Creek volleyball splits pair of matches in Savannah

  • Dan Hunt/Beaufort Today Battery Creek shakes its opponents’ hands after beating Richmond Hill in two sets.
  • Dan Hunt/Beaufort Today Battery Creek junior Emily Crosby prepares to serve against Savannah Country Day.
  • Dan Hunt/Beaufort Today Battery Creek coach Torri McCullough tries to rally his team in the third set against Savannah Country Day.

Battery Creek volleyball traveled Thursday evening to Savannah to face some solid competition in Savannah Country Day and Richmond Hill.

The Dolphins split the results, falling in three sets (15-25, 25-22, 15-25) against host Savannah Country Day Hornets and defeating Richmond Hill in two sets (25-17, 25-22).

Battery Creek flashed some potential and took a step back with mental mistakes and miscommunication at other times. The Dolphins’ bus arrived late because of heavy traffic and they had a rushed warmup in a rowdy road environment.

“Savannah Country Day School has a very well-coached team,” Battery Creek coach Torri McCullough said. “They gave us a level of competition that we haven’t seen in a while and I think we may have lost our composure.

“We did a good job maintaining composure towards the end of that second set. And in that third set, we lost our composure again.”

Savannah Country Day’s has a tall, powerful front line that was overpowering at times against its formidable Dolphin counterpart.

Battery Creek’s strength was its service game, particularly with senior Mia Debardelaben and sophomore Dazanni Hinton. They carried the Dolphins to long service streaks in the second set.

That success carried over to the match against Richmond Hill, during which senior Michaux Gee recorded 15 service attempts.

Battery Creek’s communication was off at times, but its stellar ball striking and accuracy made up for the lapses.

“In the second game we did really, really well hitting. Our hitters were aggressive and we had some big blocks,” Debardelaben said. “We just have to work on communicating louder. It was really loud in here and I think we struggled with that.”

“All in all, I’m pleased,” McCullough said. “We’re making progress here early in the season. There’s always stuff to work on. Every time we play, we grow.”