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.
“It gave me a lot of hope,” Mendel said of the third-set victory. “I just wish we could have performed that way consistently throughout.”
In the fourth set, Mikala Roberts had a kill to put the Rams up early but Pamlico seized the momentum behind Cheryl Thomas, who had a pair of kills and a block as the Hurricanes scored 12 straight points on the way to the 25-11 triumph.
“We’re aggressive, but we lack control, and we’re going to get better at that,” Mendel said. “A lot of that is mental, and we’ve got to be a tougher mental team.”
Havelock is scheduled to host White Oak in its league opener at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.