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Heritage volleyball sweeps Knightdale, getting over loss in opener

Knightdale’s Akira Wiggins (left) and Heaven Jarrell (right) look on as Liz Goodheart (2) attempts the dig.The Heritage Huskies and Knightdale Knights played their volleyball game at Heritage High in Wake Forest, N.C. on August 19, 2015. Heritage won 3-0.
Knightdale’s Akira Wiggins (left) and Heaven Jarrell (right) look on as Liz Goodheart (2) attempts the dig.The Heritage Huskies and Knightdale Knights played their volleyball game at Heritage High in Wake Forest, N.C. on August 19, 2015. Heritage won 3-0. newsobserver.com

Heritage volleyball seems to have righted its ship after a disappointing season-opening loss.

The Huskies withstood a strong start from visiting Knightdale on Thursday, finally pulling away late in the first game before taking command in a 3-0 victory over the Knights in nonconference action.

It was the second straight victory for Cap-8 member Heritage (2-1) after losing its season-opener to Athens Drive on Monday, that loss coming by a 26-24, 25-17, 25-17 score. On Wednesday, the Huskies defeated Rolesville in three games, winning 25-14, 25-9, 25-17.

Knightdale fell to 1-2 with the loss. The returning Greater Neuse River Conference champs lost their season-opener to Enloe on Monday, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 before rebounding with a 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-13, 25-15) over Wake Forest on Wednesday.

Turning point

With Knightdale leading 7-6 in the opening game, Heritage scored the next four points to take a 10-6 lead. The Knights failed to win consecutive points the remainder of the game, Heritage eventually winning the first game, 25-17, before finding success easier in the final two games, 25-13 and 25-8.

They said it

“It gives us a lot more confidence, it changes the way we’re playing and thinking out there,” said Heritage outside hitter Hannah Midles on her team’s two-game winning streak. “It really helps us as we’re heading into conference play.”

“They are very aggressive and a very good serving team, and the one thing we struggle with the most is our serve receive,” said new Knightdale coach Ross Fields. “When we were able to get a good ball in serve receive, we sided out probably nearly close to 90 percent. We just have to shore that up.”

“We played on Monday and we were rusty, we didn’t have a lot of chemistry,” said Heritage coach Jessica Furlough. “We changed the lineup and went back with Ellie (Lupton) as our setter. We had better chemistry and things are starting to look up.”

Putting up numbers

Ellie Lupton, Heritage: In her second game back at setter, Lupton had 31 assists and two digs.

Hannah Midles, Heritage: Had nine kills.

Nia Singletary, Knightdale: Four kills, three digs and three service aces.

Looking ahead

Both teams play on Monday, with Heritage visiting Rolesville while Knightdale will host Wake Forest.

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