Havelock volleyball team drops league opener

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

Asked about stepping up, McLain seemed a bit embarrassed at the praise while acknowledging as a senior it’s her job to do just that.

“I kind of wanted to step up,” she said. “I really wanted to kind of show my team I was confident so that they would kind of follow. I want them to know to never give up. We can’t let down at all because the game was so close.”

While the Vikings won the opening set handily, they trailed briefly early before a 10-0 run, with nine of the points coming as Destiny Batchelor served. Batchelor had an ace and a service winner — she finished with 13 service points — in the run that gave the Vikings a 13-5 lead.

McLain closed out the set with a kill.

The Rams led for much of the second set before the Vikings rallied, scoring the final three points on two straight aces by Brooke Humphrey and a service winner when the Rams let the ball fall after some miscommunication to claim the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The third set was much of the same. White Oak trailed for much of the set and even after going up 18-15 saw the Rams come back to take a 20-18 lead on an ace by Airianna Thompson and a kill that went long by McLain.

But White Oak outscored Havelock 7-1 from there, with Natalie Mobley and Humphrey coming up with aces before a net ball gave the Vikings the match.

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