HOLLY SPRINGS Apex used a balanced offensive attack to sweep Holly Springs in a Southwest Wake Athletic Conference volleyball match on Thursday.
The Cougars rolled in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) victory without a single player registering double-digit kills.
That makes it fun for the new Apex (5-1, 3-0) setter Sunday Peoples, who is taking over the full-time role after the graduation of four-year starter Ally Beckman.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Peoples said. “I have so many options for setting. Our middles are so good this year that it doesn’t matter who I set – everyone can get a kill.”
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The Golden Hawks (2-3, 1-2), meanwhile, have a young team that’s learning on the fly with a tough schedule to open the season.
“We had some tough losses with our seniors leaving last year, so we had some big shoes to fill,” said coach Emily Rice. “Most of these girls have not played varsity before, but they have been in the program all four years.”
They said it
“We’re definitely getting better in our mental game. Especially when we’re ahead, then we kind of let up a little bit; but today we took control of it,” Apex coach Emily Whitsett said.
Three who mattered
Natalie White, Apex: The junior had seven kills and two blocks.
“It was probably the best I’ve seen her play,” Whitsett said.
Sunday Peoples, Apex: Kept the Cougars offense moving by mixing up her passes.
Malynn Clark, Holly Springs: One of four Hawks seniors, she led her team with four kills.
By the numbers
8: Number of kills by Apex freshman Madelyn Rudd.
7: Number of “she’s a freshman” chants after a Madelyn Rudd kill.
5-4: The latest in any game that Holly Springs led was a 5-4 margin in the third game.