HOLLY SPRINGS — When Wakefield and Holly Springs met in Thursday night volleyball action, both teams had high hopes because both brought back some of their top players from a year ago.
But perhaps seniority was the winner on this day. Wakefield’s senior-laden team beat a Holly Springs team filled with juniors by a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-17, 25-21) score.
It was the season-opener for the host Golden Hawks, while it was Wakefield’s third match in the first week of the 2013 season.
What worked: Wakefield took an early lead in the first game, and the Wolverines’ size advantage became apparent quickly with a few strong kills from Kentucky recruit Darian Mack and Cincinnati recruit Maya Muldrow, both seniors.
Wakefield’s Jordan Glass and Muldrow defended the net well against Holly Springs senior Kaelyn Dyson.
Marquette recruit Gabrielle Benda, a setter, constantly put her teammates in the right position all around the floor.
Needs improvement: The early-season jitters of playing in a big game were apparent at times.
The Hawks were opportunistic in the second game, making Wakefield pay for mistakes and pulling out a thrilling 27-25 win to tie the match.
It was after that game when Wakefield head coach Cynthia Terrell took the team to the side to calm the nerves of her players, and it paid off as the Wolverines controlled the match in the final two games.
Looking ahead: First-year head coach Emily Rice had to be pleased with how her team handled the pressure from the Wolverines (3-0), who might be one of the top 4A teams in the state this season.
Wakefield hadn’t dropped a game to an opponent before Holly Springs (0-1).
Putting up numbers: For Holly Springs, Mackenzie Reaves, a junior, had 11 kills and 16 assists for the Hawks, while Dyson had nine kills. Emily Moushegian had 24 digs.