Garner’s volleyball team bounced back in a big way on Tuesday night.
Coming off a tough, five-set loss to West Johnston, the Trojans swept past Rolesville 3-0 to move into a tie for third place in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference with Rolesville.
Garner won 25-20, 25-18, 25-22.
With Garner up 23-20 in the third set, the fire alarm went off and everyone had to leave the building for a few minutes. It was a false alarm accidentally set off by a contractor working on the new building.
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It didn’t deter the Trojans from closing out the match.
“We played well Thursday and had good practices Friday and yesterday,” said Garner coach Jason Boyette. “Hopefully it’s clicking. We played OK today. We didn’t play bad but we didn’t play great. I still see a lot of improvements we need to work on.”
Garner improved to 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference while Rolesville dropped to 9-6 and 4-3.
“I thought we didn’t play very well at all,” said Rolesville coach Brian Harris. “I thought our offense and defense were slow. We didn’t play up to what we have been doing this season.”
The first set was back and forth until Garner opened a 17-13 lead and led by at least two points the rest of the way. Up only 19-18 in the second set, Garner went on a 6-0 run to close out the pivotal game. Garner never trailed in the third set.
The second set. The Trojans pulled away at the end to take a 2-0 lead and put Rolesville in a hole. That set up the sweep and Garner closed it out in the third set.
THEY SAID IT
“I like where we are,” Boyette said. “If we do what we’re supposed to, hopefully we can finish in the top half of the conference so we have a higher seed in the conference tournament. It would be lovely to finish in the two or three spot. We would have to have some help to finish in the top spot with Clayton with no losses. But the two spot is still available if we do what we are supposed to. We’ll see what happens.”
THREE TO KNOW
Sanaa Lanier, Garner: The sophomore hitter had 13 kills and five blocks. It seemed like whenever the Trojans needed a key point, Lanier would deliver a kill.
“She had some key touches, good looks,” Boyette said. “I think she missed her first two then went on a tear and had about 10 kills in a row. She played very well.”
Shaylynn Hall, Garner: The junior middle hitter had 10 kills. The 5-foot-11 athlete is an imposing force at the net, both with kills and blocks.
Sydney Jones, Garner: The sophomore setter had 29 assists, feeding the ball to the front-line hitters with consistent sets all night.
Senior Kacie Meekhof had a solid game, Boyette said.
“(She) made some smart plays, our only senior out there,” Boyette said. “She had a couple of kills (where) she didn’t even jump. She just placed the ball in the right spot – smart, what you would expect from an upperclassman. That was nice also.”