Prep Volleyball: Eagles swept away by Spartans
East Davidson took one on the chin Wednesday afternoon in their own house, dropping a 25-13, 25-10, 25-22 decision to Central Davidson.
Losing two of its top hitters to graduation, the Golden Eagles are having to find offensive power elsewhere. The Spartans are loaded with hitters and made their presence known at the net with Melissa McMath, Taylor Shoaf and Jasmine Nix leading the way. But it was the service of McMath in the first set that put East well off the pace. She served up nine straight points, turning a 3-2 CDHS lead into an advantage of 11. The Golden Eagles clawed back to within six at one point, but Central scored on six straight possessions to ice the first game.
Central won by another comfortable margin in game two, but were pushed in the third before closing out the sweep.
The final game began like the two previous with the Spartans jumping out to an early lead. East rallied back and took their first lead of the night on Shay Hepler's kill off the wall of blockers. That margin would increase to three, causing the visitors to burn a timeout. Central rattled off three straight points to tie the score again. The two sides went back and forth until it appeared CDHS had finally shaken off the Eagles by scoring four straight points to lead 22-19. East was not done yet.
Helpler finished off a quick 3-0 run with a block, giving the home team hope in prolonging the match.
Central would not allow a full comeback. After an East error, McMath hammered home a kill to the back line and on match point, Shoaf had a big block at the net to end it.
The showing in the third game was something EDHS coach Kim Warrick hopes to build on.
“That is probably the best we have looked so far,” she said. I was super excited to see them get after it and have fun with it. We proved to ourselves that we can play. I think there is a belief situation going on there that they have to believe they can play this game and be successful. We can be scrappy and win some games and I think they saw that in the third game.
“We need to believe in each other as a team. They need to trust each other to do their job. I think it will get better the more that we play.”
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