High school volleyball: South inflicts first loss on Mustangs
Posted at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022
By Mike London
LANDIS— It’s not how many points you score, it’s when you score them.
East Rowan totaled 114 points in Wednesday’s Piedmont Southern Conference volleyball game.
South Rowan totaled 101.
But the calculations – and the game – leaned on South’s side. East (9-1, 3-1) is no longer undefeated.
South (8-1, 4-0) tied for first place with West Rowan. Up and down struggle. It was 27-25, 25-21, 15-25, 14-25 and 20-18.
The Raiders don’t often lose at home. They found a way not to lose this one. They went haywire for a while, but then they got back to the right formula.
“We kind of fell apart for two sets,” winning coach Jenna Horne said. “Nothing was falling in our way for a while off the blocks and we went down a bit. We fell behind in the fifth set, but when we had to, we got the momentum back on our side, and we did it.
Avery Welch and Meredith Faw had key wins for the Raiders.
Leah Rymer and Laney Beaver made the decisions and sets.
Laurel Everett came in with big blocks.
“You hate to single out anybody because it really took every single one of them,” Horne said. “We don’t win games without everyone contributing – that’s the nature of our team this year. We can’t rely on one or two stars to take over. It takes everyone together. We have to We fight for every point, but these girls showed they would fight. Even the match we lost, in five sets against Hickory Ridge, they fought as hard as they could.
South is still good at volleyball and we expected him to be good again, but not that good.
South has taken a lot from a good team, while East has a lot of seniors and a lot of talent.
East swept Carson in the first big SPC County game of the season. It was the second key game. There will be many more.
It will get really intense on Monday when East takes on defending champion West Rowan, while South takes on Carson.
“It keeps us up there and hopefully we can continue to surprise people and stay in the game all season,” Horne said. “The girls showed up today. Lots of heart and lots of fighting. I’m really proud. It’s a great victory for us. »
East senior libero Riley Hill, a rookie from Catawba, completed the 1,000th dig of his career.
The South jayvees went undefeated with a sweep.