Broughton volleyball coach Jim Freeman says he just wants to see his team get better every drill, everyday, and every game, one at a time.
His Caps took another step forward Tuesday night in a 3-0 Cap-8 win over Wakefield. Broughton, Wakefield and Leesville Road entered Tuesday’s matches tied for the league lead at 6-1. Wakefield (6-2, 10-4) now drops back in the race. Broughton is 12-1 overall and 7-1, with the one loss coming to conference foe Leesville.
“Obviously things had been coming along pretty well since we were tied for first coming in,” Wakefield coach Cynthia Terrell said. “But our passing was not good tonight and we made some decisions that are just not typical Wakefield. We hung in there at times but gave up too many runs and missed services that we just shouldn’t miss. We made mistakes and the team that didn’t make the mistakes won tonight.”
This was the second match between the two. Broughton swept the first match also and outscored the Wolverines 25-10, 25-12, and 25-11 Tuesday.
Leesville is ranked 6th, Broughton 7th, and Wakefield 17th in the most recent News and Observer poll.
“The focus for us is to play better every time out,” Freeman said. “We changed up the lineup a little and this game was as good as we’ll play. Wakefield is a good team, with good players, and we looked better. Everything flowed much better.”
THEY SAID IT
“We played really well, stayed focused,” Broughton senior and captain Kalee Vanderhorst said. “First place in the conference is a goal of ours.”
THREE TO KNOW
Kalee Vanderhost, Broughton: The Conference Player of the Year last year, led the Caps with a double-double of 15 kills and 11 digs.
“That’s pretty good in a match that went just three sets,” Freeman said.
Jade Demps, Broughton: The 6-2 freshman is playing up to her lofty potential, dominating at times at the net. “She’s very versatile and very athletic, also a standout in track,” Freeman said.
Claire Sawyer, Broughton: The junior setter stepped into the lineup this year and has performed well, with 32 assists against the Wolverines. “We had some juniors who have stepped up this year, replacing the players we lost, and they are playing well and she is one of them,” Freeman said.
BY THE NUMBERS
34: Kills combined by Broughton’s Vanderhorst, Jade, and junior Grace Youngblood.
13: Team-leading digs by Caps junior Alden Willis.
Wakefield, with a top attacker in Ade Owokoniram and strong setter in Erin McEneny, look to bounce back against Heritage Thursday and play at Leesville next Tuesday.
Broughton faces Enloe Thursday and plays at Heritage and at Wake Forest next week.