Perhaps Moriah Tavana’s nickname should be “the sparkplug.”
From being a solid setter and strong server to having a bright and cheery attitude her teammates feed off of, the Green Hope junior defensive specialist does a little bit of everything to help the Falcons excel.
That was true Thursday night as Green Hope handled Cary 25-16, 25-9, 25-20 in both teams’ Southwest Wake Athletic Conference opener at Cary High School.
Tavana’s hard, low serves particularly befuddled the Imps (1-5, 0-1) in the second game as the Falcons coasted to the win.
She also ripped several hard offerings to help Green Hope (4-2, 1-0) jump out to a 9-3 lead in the third game as the Falcons hung on for the sweep.
“It’s in my job description to get the team up and get us going,” Tavana said.
Green Hope coach Karl Redelfs is pleased to have competitors like Tavana on his team.
“At a time where we’re still figuring out our rotation and when to play certain players, Moriah brings a lot of energy to the court,” Redelfs said.
Green Hope started strong, building a 9-2 lead in the opening game as freshman outside hitter Luisa Lyons contributed a hard kill and a successful tip.
The Imps fought back to get within two points at 16-14 as Rebecca Stewart racked up a pair of kills.
Green Hope won nine of the last 11 points to close out the game, however, and used the momentum to roll to an impressive win in the second stanza as well.
Cary, which won only one match last season to the same East Wake squad it defeated this year in non-conference action, didn’t quit in getting within four points of Green Hope in the third game.
Green Hope’s size and strength, led by junior middle blocker Allison O’Connor, was too much for the Imps to handle, however.
O’Connor said her teammates’ strong play led to some of her best play of the season.
“When everyone plays better, the hits, kills just happen for me,” O’Connor said. “I rely on them to set me up.”
Cary coach Philip Goodloe, the longest-tenured volleyball coach in the SWAC, was pleased with his squad’s effort, despite the defeat.
“We’re a bit vertically challenged this season,” Goodloe said of his players’ lack of height. “But they’re good kids and they are making the effort to learn the sport.”