HAVELOCK | Despite being down a set, and losing 13-6 in the second set, the Havelock Rams remained positive, battled back and found a way to win the next three sets against the West Craven Eagles.
Havelock, winning their third match of the season, won in four sets – 21-25, 25-23, 25-12, 27-25.
The win improved Havelock’s record to 3-9 overall and 2-4 in the Coastal 3-A Conference. The loss dropped West Craven to 4-8 overall and tied with Havelock at 2-4 in the conference.
“I am just so proud of them,” said Havelock head volleyball coach Carrie Lynch. “They just stayed up and pumped, motivated and positive the whole time.”
In the first set, both teams battled back and forth, with it remaining close the entire set and neither team getting more than a three point-lead.
With the Eagles clinging to a two-point lead, West Craven’s Abby Bland scored a big ace to put her team up 20-17.
With West Craven up 24-21, Carson Jones closed out the set with a spike at the net.
West Craven appeared to be headed to an easy win in the second set. It jumped out to a 13-6 lead thanks in part to Mackenzie Taylor’s three aces.
The Rams didn’t go away, eventually tying the set at 17-17 because of more consistent passes and serves.
Setter Makayla Brown continued to set up her middle hitter, Nyesha Patillo, for a big spike. With the crowd behind them, the Rams rallied to win the second set.
“We just communicated more,” said Havelock’s Patillo. “Our passes were straight to the target and we got more hits in that we needed to get in.”
With Alexis Washenko serving, Havelock jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead in the third set.
The Rams maintained a large lead of six or seven points throughout the set because of their serving, passing and defense at the net. Brown had four service aces in the set for the Rams.
The Havelock blockers disrupted some of West Craven’s shots at the net, which enabled the Rams back row to pass it easier to their setter.
Much like the third set, the Rams jumped out to an lead of 13-7 due to their big hitters Patillo, Nseya Harden and Katelyn Clark getting big spikes.
West Craven battled back to a 17-17 tie.
Each team traded points to a 25-25 tie. With Havelock leading 26-25, an Eagles’ shot sailed long which gave the Rams the victory.
Havelock will travel to White Oak on Tuesday for their next match. West Craven will host Swansboro on Tuesday.
The teams will meet again on Oct. 18 at West Craven.