It took less than an hour for New Bern’s volleyball team to continue its unblemished early start.
The Bears (2-0) made light work of Craven County rival Havelock in three sets on Wednesday at Havelock High – 25-6, 25-13, 25-7.
“I’m not complaining too much,” said New Bern coach Tori Bennett. “In a way, a game is practice. It’s nice to be able to get a game over with, but at the same time, they love playing.”
After dominating the first two sets, Olivia Mitchell had 15-straight service points to give New Bern a 23-5 advantage in the final set.
“I bet her shoulder is sore,” Bennett said. “I was impressed that she could keep it up with that consistency.”
Following a Havelock point, Emma Melton and Bailey Jordan each had kills to push New Bern to its second win in two days.
Brittany McKeon had three service aces in a row to secure the first set. Olivia Stewart’s kill ended the second set, putting the Bears in control.
“I tell them to practice their plays that we practice, the new plays,” Bennett said. “I tell them these (non-conference) games don’t really matter, so it’s their time to try new things.”
Stewart, New Bern’s senior setter, distributed seven assists to go along with eight kills.
“She is one of our captains,” Bennett said. “She is a great communicator and really great at controlling a play, which is important for a setter. I trust her to make calls.”
Mitchell led New Bern with 25 service points. Caitlin Solter had six kills, Melton had four and Sydney Gilgo and Jordan each had three.
Everyone on New Bern’s varsity roster got in the match.
“The way I do rotations, especially for varsity, everyone gets to play in the first three (sets),” Bennett said. “If we are having to go into fourth or fifth sets, that’s where the rotation gets picked more.
“Everyone gets to play right off the bat.”
Havelock, playing its first match of the season, got within 4-3 in the first set and 10-7 in the second set but couldn’t consistently make plays.
Sha’Nice Frazier had three kills for the Rams and MaKayla Brown had four service points.
New Bern travels to West Craven on Thursday for its third match of the week. Havelock (0-1) travels to Pamlico on Thursday.