Corinth Holders dominated the first two sets and held off a scrappy East Wake in the third to sweep the battle of the Wendell volleyball teams on Wednesday.
The Pirates improved to 5-1 after the 25-10, 25-9, 25-19 win, dropping the Warriors to a 2-4, 2-2 Greater Neuse River 4A record.
Corinth Holders built a sizable cushion in each of the first two games largely due to Cole Narron, who was positioned at No. 2 in the Pirates’ service order.
Narron dished out a pair of aces during a 5-point streak that put the Pirates up 7-1 in game one. She added five more aces during an 8-point service in game two that set Corinth Holders up 11-1.
“She probably had her best serving night she’s had all year,” Pirates coach Charles Riley said of Narron. “If we get up on a big run like that, it helps us out a lot.”
Narron had an array of defense backing her effort in the first set. Samantha Payne smacked three kills and Lindsay Alford and Cyarra Pierson each had two.
Much was the same in the second game as Narron, Pierson and Alford combined for four more kills. Katelyn Leach added in a pair of blocks before Alford’s walk-off kill.
“(Alford) and (Leach) did a good job, but (East Wake) was athletic on the other side,” Riley said. “They did a good job hitting around them and blocking them when we had the chance.”
The Pirates’ key ingredient to smooth sailing through the first two games went missing in the third. While Riley said it was a matter of his team being overzealous in placing the ball, Warriors coach Susan Wall said her team started slow and struggled with passing.
“We’ve got strong hitters, we’ve just not been consistent,” Wall said. “(Corinth Holders) is a strong team. They have strong serving, they put it where they want to, and we’re just sitting back on our heels not ready for the ball.”
East Wake and Corinth Holders had six total players serve to a 4-4 tie in the third set. Another Narron kill put the Pirates up 10-6, but the Warriors built momentum off a double block and marched back into contention. An ace by Ciera Williams pulled East Wake within 18-16.
Lexi Consiglio made the final statement with a 5-point serving span – the longest of the third game – that put Corinth Holders up 24-16.
“(East Wake) got a great double block and that got in our heads a little bit, but then we relaxed a little bit,” Riley said.
Alford added one block and four kills in the third game. Kianna Wynn led the Warriors with a block and two kills in the match.