Havelock entered its final volleyball match before Coastal 3A Conference play hoping for some improvement.


Havelock entered its final volleyball match before Coastal 3A Conference play hoping for some improvement.



Instead, the Rams may have taken a small step back after losing in four games to Pamlico on Tuesday at Havelock High, 25-23, 25-14, 20-25, 25-11.



“I was a little disappointed because we came out with so much energy in our first game, and this wasn’t comparable,” Havelock coach Lindsay Mendel said of last week’s five-set loss to Pamlico. “I was hoping for better and we digressed a little. But that’s OK. It’s still early. Volleyball is such a mental game that we’ve got to learn to work through that.”



Havelock (0-2) jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the first set, but the Hurricanes (2-3) scored 10 of the next 12 points behind the serves of Kelsey Guimbal. Havelock’s Sharniece Springs brought the Rams to within 24-23 with a kill, but the next serve went long, providing Pamlico the victory.



Pamlico broke an 11-11 tie on Zyaja Mattocks’ served and used spikes from Guimbal and Laichelle Sparrow to close out the Rams 25-14 in the second set.



“We brought it,” Pamlico coach Zarah Forbes said. “I’m just going to go ahead and say it. We had a horrible tournament this weekend, but this was our redemption.”



Havelock bounced back in the third set. Makayla Brown served the Rams out to a 9-0 advantage. Pamlico got as close as 22-20, but Sha’Nice Frazier had a kill and Springs had a block, getting the Rams the 25-20 victory.



“It gave me a lot of hope,” Mendel said of the third-set victory. “I just wish we could have performed that way consistently throughout.”



In the fourth set, Mikala Roberts had a kill to put the Rams up early but Pamlico seized the momentum behind Cheryl Thomas, who had a pair of kills and a block as the Hurricanes scored 12 straight points on the way to the 25-11 triumph.



“We’re aggressive, but we lack control, and we’re going to get better at that,” Mendel said. “A lot of that is mental, and we’ve got to be a tougher mental team.”



Havelock is scheduled to host White Oak in its league opener at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.