In a matter of a couple of days, fortunes have improved for the Corinth Holders volleyball team.
After opening the season 0-2, the Pirates won their second road match in two days on Tuesday with a 25-22, 25-14, 19-25, 25-14 victory at East Wake in a nonleague contest.
Julie Weisenberg had 10 kills, Jamie Turner added nine kills and Delaney Colangelo had six aces for Corinth, last year’s regular-season Two Rivers 3A champion which defeated host Wakefield, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12, on Monday.
“Beating Wakefield at their place (Monday), that was huge for us,” Corinth coach Charles Riley said. “Coming here, second road game in two nights, to beat East Wake in a tough gym to play in ... we just want to stay at a high level, that’s the expectation we have here.”
East Wake (0-4), meanwhile, remains in search of its first victory. The Warriors had lost each of their first two matches this season in five sets.
“We have the skill, we have the talent, the main thing for us is having that mental toughness,” said East Wake assistant coach Ashlee Harris, who filled in for head coach Keauna Vinson. “If we can get that mental toughness and not get down when we make a mistake, we’re going to be alright. It is still early in the season.
After Corinth won the first two sets, East Wake won the third set fairly comfortably and were locked in a tight battle in the fourth set before the Pirates rattled off six straight points – capped by a Claire Tilton ace – to take a 14-7 lead. The Warriors would get no closer than six points the remainder of the set before Corinth closed out the win.
THREE TO KNOW
Jamie Turner, Corinth Holders: The senior outside hitter was dominant from the start, using both power and finesse to rack up points for the Pirates.
Megan Philipson, Corinth Holders: The libero had four aces, including a pair early in the second set to help stake Corinth to an early lead, and also did a fine job defensively.
Breanna Boggs, East Wake: Tallied five aces, two kills and two block assists for the Warriors.
THEY SAID IT
“I think we’re starting to learn what each one of us is capable of,” Turner said of the team’s back-to-back victories. “We trust each other more and in practice we focus on what we can do better and are trying to (carry) that toward the future.”
Corinth Holders piled up over a dozen aces against the East Wake defense, and while the Pirates’ marksmanship in the service game is to be commended Harris also felt that her team needed better execution defensively.
“We definitely had some service-receive errors, that probably cost us a set or two,” Harris said. “They served well, but several times we weren’t in the right spot or moving our feet when we needed to.”
BY THE NUMBERS
100: Tuesday’s verdict was the 100th career victory as a high school head coach for Riley, who posted a stellar record at Riverwood Middle School before moving to the prep ranks and starting the Corinth Holders program.
5: Corinth Holders’ big week started with a four-set win over Wakefield on Monday, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12.
The Pirates had five players with a half-dozen or more kills each in the win over the Wolverines.“I gotta say, this is up there with the biggest wins in our school history,” Riley said of the match. “We had to played well to beat this Wakefield team tonight and Megan Philipson was awesome getting the ball up to our setter against a great Wakefield offense.
“I was proud of the way we fought back after being down 2-1, we had contributions from everyone.”
Grace Pittman and Jamie Turner had 10 kills each; Jessica Aycock had eight kills and Julie Heisenberg added 7. Ali Blanco rounded out the group of five with a half-dozen kills on the nose.
Corinth Holders remains on the road for its next matches, first against Fike on Thursday before paying a visit to Rose on Monday. Rose defeated Corinth Holders in three sets on Aug. 17.
East Wake hosts Wake Forest on Wednesday, then visits Leesville Road on Monday.