PRINCETON — The Princeton Bulldogs defeated the Spring Creek Gators in straight sets on Tuesday night in a match the Bulldogs controlled from the beginning.

The Bulldogs started Tuesday night’s match by taking the first set 25-17, thanks to what Princeton head coach Paige Renfrow described as some excellent team play.

“They just play well together,” Renfrow said. “From picking up deep free balls to short passes that were tipped.”

In the second set, Renfrow made some changes to the lineup, which worked well for the Bulldogs as they jumped out to an early 20-7 lead before taking the set 25-11.

“In that second set, I took my setter (Kelsey Woodring) out, and I threw in another setter (Kaydon Roberson), and they really adjusted well to that,” Renfrow said. “This group of girls doesn’t shake easily. I can mix them up, and they adapt well.”

After taking care of business in the first two sets, Princeton closed out the match by winning the third set 25-15.

Renfrow said Woodring’s play was a big key to the Bulldogs playing well against the Gators.

“Kelsey Woodring, our setter, she has really stepped up her senior year,” Renfrow said. “She is playing good defense and has good hands.”

Renfrow added she was also pleased with the play of Joelle Williams, Mikalah Dale, Lainey Forbey and Roberson.

“All around tonight we were pretty solid,” Renfrow said.

Even with the straight sets victory, Renfrow said she already has plans for the Bulldogs’ next practice laid out.

“We need to capitalize on our attacks. We worked on it in practice this week because we had been struggling on serving and receiving the ball the last few games,” Renfrow said. “We did well serving, but I feel like our hitters have not been as consistent as they have been. So, that will be an area that I will focus on next time at practice.”

With the win, Princeton improved to 7-6 overall, and 3-0 in Neuse Six 2A Conference play. Spring Creek fell to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

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