Ravenscroft’s volleyball team had to rally to take down defending conference champion Wake Christian Academy on Tuesday night. The Ravens won a close 3-1 match (25-23, 23-25, 25-10, 26-24).
The Ravens (10-7, 1-0) never let Wake Christian (18-7, 0-1) take the lead during the first set, winning 25-23.
Wake Christian repaid the favor in the second set, winning 25-23.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum and when it shifts, it is hard to get it back and so that what I think happened in the start of the second set,” Ravenscroft coach Elizabeth Ledford said. “We lost that second set in the first eight points”
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Ravenscroft stormed through the third set, 25-10.
“When we are slow, we don’t have a lot of success from that,” senior captain Nandi Traywick said. “When we start aggressive and end aggressive and keep the energy up the whole time, then we are going to play well and we are going to work well together as a team.”
In a pivotal fourth set, during a timeout, Wake Christian head coach Malcolm Deans said told his team it needed “one good pass to finish the game.”
That pass didn’t happen, and Ravenscroft’s junior Caroline Hall made an important play and a kill by freshman Samantha Doherty led the Ravens to a 26-24 win.
After a loss, Wake Christian only hopes to be able to figure out their weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
“We go back and work on the areas that they attacked and things that were weak for us to build upon that and strengthen that, so that will not be an issue,” Deans said.
Traywick said with every game – win or lose – she can see the growth of the team, which will help the Ravens reach their goal.
“As a team, I see us making progress each game we are getting better and better,” Traywick said. “We may have our dips, but we are still going up and forward. I want to make sure I’m staying focused and always working hard in practice to make sure that I help contribute and help us get to that ultimate goal – to finish the season stronger than we started.”