It’s “so far, so good” for Knightdale in Greater Neuse River Conference play, as the Knights won for the third time in as many matches in league play with a 3-0 victory over Clayton in a girls volleyball match on Tuesday.
The Knights (5-4, 3-0) won all three games handily, prevailing 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 to move over .500 for the first time this season. Knightdale was bolstered largely by an outstanding effort by senior hitter Nia Singletary, who tallied a match-high 16 kills while adding 12 digs.
They said it
“Volleyball is a game that really rewards the aggressive player, and we train really hard to play aggressively,” Knightdale coach Ross Fields said. “When we run what we want to run that allows us to impose our will.”
Three who mattered
Nia Singletary, Knightdale: Clayton (2-5, 1-2) had no answer for Singletary, who had back-to-back kills to open the match as Knightdale scored first seven points to set the tone.
Heaven Jarrell, Knightdale: The senior middle blocker had nine kills, four blocks and four digs.
Jena Massing, Knightdale: The junior had 34 digs, an impressive total over three games.
Clayton had little answer for Knightdale, particularly near the net. However, the Comets didn’t help their cause with unforced errors that enabled the Knights to pull away late in each of the three games.
“It’s been our Achilles heel all year, we just have to be in position to pass the ball, that’s the biggest thing,” Clayton coach Marlon Lee said. “Against Knightdale, some of our passes led to early free balls and against a good athletic team like Knightdale, they’ll make you pay for it.”
By the numbers
7: The number of times Knightdale produced stretches of at least five consecutive points.
43: Total kills by the Knights, with four players tallying at least six.