It is not a frequent occurence to go into a high school gym and the home team not be playing but that's what happened Tuesday night.

Havelock's volleyball team had a scheduled home match against Jacksonville but because of damage from Hurricane Florence, the Rams aren't allowed into their home gym yet.

Also, the visiting Cardinals aren't currently able to use their gym either.

So, with both teams needing a place to play, New Bern High provided the arena for Jacksonville's 3-0 win over the Rams.

Scores from the match were 25-10, 25-11 and 25-14.

Havelock and New Bern did not even play each other this season so the first time the Rams rolled into New Bern had nothing to do with playing the Bears.

"It was different but we still came in and had a home game mentality," Havelock coach Matthew Spencer said.

"Last week, we had to go to Vanceboro Farm Life, we've been to Grover C. Fields and now here so it's just overcoming some adversity."

Adversity has been attached to Havelock's volleyball program for much of the recent past as wins have been somewhat scarce.

Spencer is the third coach of the year after last year's coach Carrie Lynch didn't return and Daniel Griffee left for East Carteret.

Havelock hitter Lauren Hill said it has been tough to deal with but she thinks the team is coming together through it all.

"At the end of the day, we all come in and play wherever we have to," Hill said.

"We're getting better by communicating and conditioning better."

Spencer also said that even though the 3-0 loss may not indicate it, he thinks the team is making progress.

"This team has seen nothing but that adveristy, tough times," Spencer said.

"We are taking it in small steps, trying to be 1 percent better each day."

The Rams are now 3-5 overall on the season and 0-2 in the Coastal 3A Conference.


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