All of the non-Mid State conference matches have come and gone for Carrboro volleyball this season, and their regular season winning streak remains intact with no end in sight.
The Jaguars completed its nonconference campaign with a 3-0 sweep of defending Big 8 Champion Cedar Ridge on Wednesday night at Jaguars Gymnasium on scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-15. Their last regular season loss came on September 1, 2015 to Cedar Ridge in Hillsborough.
The sweep over Cedar Ridge on Wednesday concluded a nonconference slate which featured two-game sweeps of district rivals Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill, a win over defending 4A state champion Cardinal Gibbons, and a road victory over defending 2A state champion South Granville where they rallied from two sets down.
All that stands between Carrboro and a perfect regular season (after Thursday’s match against Jordan-Matthews) are home matches against Graham and Reidsville this week, both of whom the Jaguars swept on the road last month.
Coach Steve Scanga has assembled a group of weapons that beat opponents in a variety of ways. The most obvious is outside hitter Destiny Cox, a 6-foot-1 junior who has committed to UNC. Cox, or “Big Des” as she’s called compared to her younger namesake Destinee Dorsey (”Little Des), leads the team with 220 kills, including nine against Cedar Ridge.
While Cox brings the power, senior Zoe Hurwitz has finesse. She registered a career-high eleven aces against the Red Wolves.
“It was just a float serve,” said Hurwitz. “I was just putting them in spots that he (Coach Steve Scanga) told me to. We serve a lot in practice every single day. He always teaches me the right spots to go to. All of the teamwork we go through in practice makes it better and better.”
“She was playing great tonight,” said Scanga. “Her serve was fantastic. I wouldn’t want to receive her serve. It’s that flat and floating that it’s really hard to receive.”
Carrboro has a 34-game winning streak against Mid-State Conference opponents. Facing overmatched competition, Scanga is in a constant battle to keep his team hungry in the dog days of October before the state playoffs begin.
“We’ve played more focused,” said Scanga. “When we get games like Cedar Ridge, South Granville, East Chapel Hill, we come out and we really want to play hard and play their game. We we’re playing teams that we know aren’t going to give them as good a competition, sometimes we slow our swings down. That leads to errors instead of kills.”
Christine Alcox finished with eight kills for the Jaguars. Elizabeth Ollila had seven kills with no errors.
Carrboro, who has already clinched the Mid-State Conference regular season championship, will host the conference tournament next week.
The loss continued a disappointing season for Cedar Ridge, who made it to the section finals of the 3A playoffs last year before losing to Asheboro. The Red Wolves are now 7-12 under first year head coach Laura Fortner.
Last week, Cedar Ridge lost to crosstown rival Orange for the first time since 2012, ending a seven-match winning streak against the Panthers.