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Wildcat volleyball drops two on opening night
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Richmond Hill's Chloe Allen goes up for one of her eight kills against Effingham Thursday night. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Opening night of any high school sport usually doesn’t have a playoff atmosphere, but that was not the case at Richmond Hill Thursday night as the Wildcats hosted Effingham County in a non-region match.

The Rebels jumped out to an early lead in the first game, going up 5-0 on three aces en route to a 25-6 win. Richmond Hill regained its composure for a 25-19 win in the second game and was up 22-16 in the third game before a series of unforced errors gave Effingham a 26-24 victory.

“We had far too many unforced errors and that’s something we have to work on in practice,” Coach Taisa Tremble said afterward. “We have to be more consistent from practices to warm-ups to games.”

Tremble said she was happy to see her team fight back though after the first game.

“They came back and executed well when they could have given up,” she said. “They deserve credit for being that fierce.”

Chloe Allen, who has verbally committed to play volleyball for Augusta University, led Richmond Hill with eight aces and eight kills against Effingham. Mackenzie Petermann added six kills and five blocks.

Tremble said consistency will be the key to success for the Wildcats this season. Although they have five seniors returning, Tremble is the fourth coach in four seasons.

Richmond Hill will face Effingham again in region play on Sept. 8. Tremble said the Rebels and Glynn Academy will be the toughest region opponents.

The Wildcats also dropped their match against The Habersham School Thursday night, 15-25, 25-11, 15-25. Allen had eight kills against the Patriots while Mackenzie Petermann had six aces and Keira Petermann chipped in four blocks.

The Wildcats host Statesboro and Savannah Christian Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

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