Havelock puts up a fight in loss to Jacksonville

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Havelock's Tempest Frazier goes up for a spike against Jacksonville on Thursday.

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Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

The Havelock High volleyball team fell in three straight games at Jacksonville on Thursday.

The Rams stayed competitive but lost 25-19, 27-25 and 25-17 to the Cardinals, bidding to be the third playoff seed out of the Coastal 3A Conference with just one week left in the regular season.

Havelock, 2-14 overall and 2-10 in the conference, battled the Cardinals (10-9, 7-5) much of the match, similar to their meeting earlier this year in which Jacksonville rallied to win in five games.

“They’ve got some great hitters, and they’re very scrappy,” Jacksonville coach Melinda Rakes said. “They may not pass the ball perfect the first time, but they’re going to get it up and send it back over.”

All three sets were competitive, with the Rams using their size up front and strong hitting while the Cardinals played well all-around and were good at finding open holes in the court instead of just firing away and hoping to win by power alone.

“We really read the court well, which has been a big issue for us,” Rakes said. “We kind of like to swing away. We’re starting to see the court, see the holes.”

Jacksonville led 16-11 in the opening set only to see the Rams pull within one twice, the last time at 17-16. But Emily Rideout punched a kill and then slammed two more followed by an ace by Claire Harris to go up 21-16. The Cardinals clinched the set on another kill by Rideout.

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