Havelock rallies to beat West Craven on Senior Night

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Havelock High volleyball players celebrate after beating West Craven in their final match of the season on Thursday at Havelock High.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM.

Tempestt Frazier is known as a big hitter for Havelock High’s volleyball team. But it was her soft touch that proved powerful for the Rams against West Craven Tuesday night.

Frazier’s dink over two Eagle blockers clinched a Havelock comeback, as the Rams rallied on Senior Night to beat West Craven 20-25, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24 and 21-19.

Frazier, playing in the final volleyball match of her high school career at Havelock High, set up for another one of her strong spikes with the Rams leading 20-19 in the fifth and final set. Instead, she saw an opening and simply tapped the ball over two West Craven blockers. The ball fell softly just inside the sideline for the winning point.

“I just needed to be smart and think ahead,” Frazier said of her winning play. “Just because you’re a big hitter, you don’t have to hit it big all the time. You have to play smart and think in volleyball terms.”

With that final point, a season’s worth of frustration melted away for the 3-15 Rams, as the players jumped and hugged each other. Senior Alexa Rubenbauer had tears in her eyes.

“Words can’t describe. I’m speechless,” Frazier said. “I’m happy and all the words related to happy, excited, everything.”

The Rams lost the first two sets but came up with victories in the next two. With the fifth and final set played to 15, neither team could get the two-point advantage needed to clinch the match. West Craven had one match point that ended in a bad serve, but the Rams finally clinched the victory on its fifth match point with Frazier’s soft dink.

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