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Enloe volleyball uses small goals to edge Wake Forest-Rolesville

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Enloe volleyball coach Lauren Brooks gave her team a goal for its match against Wake Forest-Rolesville.

The Eagles wanted to keep a high kill percentage against the visiting Cougars, and while Brooks was pleased with the team’s performance toward that goal, Enloe also earned a 3-2 win along the way.

“I try to give them a goal every match,” Brooks said. “I don’t have a senior on the floor, so this has been a developmental year. This is an unseasoned team, so a lot of it is keeping the team goal-oriented.”

At the beginning of the year, the Eagles were very aggressive but took a lot of risks, Brooks said. Then they went to the other extreme. Brooks wants her team to find a happy medium.

Enloe (8-11, 3-8) showed similar progression throughout its match against Wake Forest-Rolesville. The Eagles came out strong by winning the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-19, but then fell flat and allowed the Cougars to make it interesting.

Wake Forest held off an Enloe rally to win the third set, 25-22, and then handily won the fourth, 25-14, to force a fifth set.

Cougars coach Jenna Hinton said the circumstances were identical to those of the teams’ last matchup, with the Cougars fighting back from two sets down to force a deciding fifth set.

Just as before, Enloe prevailed over an equally young Wake Forest-Rolesville team. Enloe’s Maya Muldrow and Kayla Watson combined for 15 kills.

Hinton said her team wasn’t prepared in the first set but started to figure things out. By the last set, however, the Cougars had too many errors, she said.

Sophomore setter Kylie Grandy led Wake Forest-Rolesville (4-13, 1-10) with 12 kills and 18 assists.

“We haven’t had the most successful season as far as wins and losses, but I think we’re on the right track,” Hinton said. “From the beginning of the year to now is like a different team.”

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