Wake Christian squared off with Cary Academy on the volleyball court for the second time in 11 days on Monday.
And the result was just about the same as the first meeting.
Hailey Brooke McFadden led the way with 18 kills and four aces as the Bulldogs swept the season series with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 victory.
The win improved WCA – which had won the first meeting 25-14, 25-21 and 25-16 – to 19-5 and 4-0 in TISAC action, while the rebuilding Chargers dropped to 5-11 and 1-2.
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“Cary Academy is very scrappy and we knew they would bring their game, especially at home,” WCA coach Malcolm Deans said of the sweep. “Since we had played them so recently they knew our style. We were down two players – Lauren Tomasulo and Jessica Bernath – in the libero position and we adjusted pretty well to it. I was very proud of the way the girls responded.”
First-year head coach Ashley Shade directs the Chargers.
“We’ve definitely had a rebuilding situation,” Shade said. “Our focus has been on first contact, and the first week of practice we did serve-receive drills until they wanted to throw up. Without first contact you can’t do anything else. That’s our foundation.
“I want to develop a program, and that’s huge for me. Wake Christian is very good. They’re a bunch of fighters and are very scrappy. Their weakness may be in height, but they’re tenacious and that’s something we lack.”
WCA broke away for the 11-point victory after a hotly contested start to the first set. Cary Academy’s last lead in the second set was at 6-5. In the third set WCA took the lead at 3-2, stretching it to as much as 18-6 before the Chargers made a couple of late runs.
“I had Snapple before I came here – strawberry kiwi – and the sugar kind of hyped me up,” said Bulldog sophomore middle blocker Marley Wilson, who finished with 10 kills and six blocks. “Our team is coming together pretty well. We’ve got a great coach, and we just have to continue to get better and stronger.
“Last year we were terrible when we played Cary Academy, so we’ve been a lot better this time.”
Emily Smith had 28 assists for WCA, while Caroline Vincent had 20 service points including six aces.
“I just try to keep my serve consistent and as straight as possible,” Vincent said. “Coming into this game, both teams were looking for each other’s strengths and weaknesses from last time.”
Kate Hampton led the Chargers with 17 kills while Lim Szu-In had 19 assists.
“We lost in three sets, but we played hard,” Hampton said. “Our defense and our sets were doing a great job and our hitters were playing smart. Overall we played pretty strong. We just need to minimize our errors.
“(WCA) is as good as any team we play.”