Havelock volleyball team drops league opener

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Havelock's Kennedy Campbell (24) tries to block a kill by White Oak' Emily McLain (14) during Tuesday's match in Jacksonville.

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Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM.

After opening with a 15-point victory in the first set, White Oak had to battle from behind late in the next two sets, but the Vikings managed to do just that to sweep past Havelock in the Coastal 3A Conference volleyball opener for both teams.

Led by senior Emily McLain, the Vikings won 25-10, 25-22, 25-21 on Tuesday at White Oak.

“I think it was pretty strong for us because we have a lot of young players,” said McLain, who had 7 kills, 5 hits and 4 blocks. “We kept trying to keep each other confident, and the score was going back and forth a lot. So we just kind of wanted to capitalize on the good passes and really finish.”

Time and again McLain stepped up for the Vikings (2-0, 1-0) when the Rams (0-3, 0-1) were ahead. In the second set one of her kills tied it at 11 and two others pulled White Oak within one, including 21-20 after the Vikings trailed 21-17.

And in the third set McLain had two hard kills as well as two other winners to help keep the Vikings close after they again fell behind by four points. She also had a big block that gave White Oak the lead for good at 21-20.

“(She) changed the momentum, absolutely,” coach Brenda Wickwire said. “Sometimes I have to admit we had to say in our huddle, ‘OK, Emily is our go-to girl right now. In this position we have to change the momentum so this is how it’s going to happen.’

“‘We’re not going to pass close to the net. Someone’s going to pass to that 10-foot line. That’s good enough. One of your setters, or whoever’s close, is going to put the ball in the air and Emily’s going to hit it,’ which is exactly what happened on the very next play.”

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