Havelock spikers seek more consistency

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Havelock's Sha'Nice Frazier spikes the ball past Pamlico's Martha Bautista during Tuesday's match. The Rams lost in four games.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 09:08 PM.

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.

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