Camaryn Singleton doesn’t like being the center of attention. Yet there she was, the lone senior on Havelock’s volleyball team, being recognized before her final home match against West Craven on Thursday night.
“I was really nervous, and I don’t really like all of the attention,” she said. “It was a little scary.”
Singleton’s Senior Night did not go according to her hopes, as West Craven easily outdistanced Havelock 25-9, 25-12 and 25-13 Thursday night at Havelock High.
“I think we were nervous,” Singleton said. “To be honest, it wasn’t our best game of the season.”
The Eagles scored the first nine points of the match and were never challenged.
“We had a goal all season to come out very high energy, to try to set the pace as opposed to waiting to see where our opponents’ energy was and trying to match it,” West Craven coach Stephanie Holloway said. “I thought we did a good job of that.”
Courtney Holland served the first nine points for the Eagles until a spike from Sha’Nice Frazier got the Rams on the board. Though Makayla Brown served Havelock within 15-8, West Craven’s Jasmine Raynor and Erin Gray put away points as the Eagles closed out the set 25-9.
“We got down and had a hard time getting back up,” Havelock coach Amy McCutcheon said. “We had a few spurts here and there where we would get some plays. We just weren’t consistent throughout.”
In the second set, Singleton helped serve the Rams out to an early 5-2 lead behind spikes from Frazier and Kristina Markward.
West Craven responded with five straight service winners from Sarah Manning to pull ahead 9-5. Kills from Raynor and Manning helped the Eagles close out a 25-12 victory.
“We talk about points earned versus points given by our opponent and with what we do, and I’m pretty happy with what we did as far as points we earned,” Holloway said. “I thought we did real well playing some off-speed balls, and I thought we did pretty well on our tip coverage, and the defense as a whole made me happy.”
In the third set, Holland served West Craven out to a 10-0 lead. Kills by Markward and Singleton, and four straight service winners by Brown pulled Havelock within 16-10, but Kaylee Koerperich settled the Eagles with a service winner and Gray added a kill as West Craven closed out the match, ending Singleton’s high school career.
“Our senior played her heart out,” McCutcheon said. “She got quite a few hits in and sets in. I was happy she got a lot of touches in.”
Despite Havelock missing the playoffs, Singleton said she enjoyed the year with her teammates.
“I had a great year bonding with everyone,” she said. “It stinks that it’s all over.”