Prep Volleyball: Dragons burn Eagles for CCC championship
East Davidson pulled off the upset of the Central Carolina Conference tournament in eliminating North Rowan. They were hoping to do the same against West Davidson in the finals, but it was not meant to be.
In a show of force, the Green Dragons hammered out a quick 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 victory, returning them to the top spot in the CCC. The Eagles had gutted out a five-set match the night before, and Wednesday's result could have had something to do with that. Whether fatigue was an issue or not, EDHS coach Kim Warrick felt her team could have done a lot better.
“Our passing was off and we just looked like we were not playing our game compared to last (Tuesday) night,” she said. “We just could not get into a rhythm. I hate it for them and those seniors because they have played good volleyball. Volleyball is a game of rhythm and we could not find it tonight.”
East started the night quite well, jumping ahead 7-2 in the first game. It was at that point the woes began for the Golden Eagles.
West captured the following nine points, capped by Hannah Green's spike to the hardwood. Now down 11-7, East found its way back to eventually tie the game. Maddie Powers had two key serves to help in the comeback. Another run – this time 8-0 by the Dragons – all but finished off the first game. Taylor McPhatter and Taylor Moretz had a kill each in trying to provide some sort of spark, but West had gotten too far out of reach to be reeled back in.
The second game was never in doubt for West. With East having problems receiving serves, and errant passes turning into sets for the Dragon hitters, the game quickly got away. Even when the Eagles had opportunities to score points, they were not aggressive enough at the net. West found themselves 25 points from recapturing CCC supremacy.
“Passing was off and I did not feel like our hitters attacked,” said Warrick. “They saw the opening on the floor and were trying to place the ball. That is fine, but I felt like we should have attacked them hard. This group is really talented, but tonight we just could not find our game.”
East stayed in contention during the early portion of the third game, down 8-7. Gradually West slipped away, using a 7-0 run to coast to the finish line.