The Fuquay-Varina volleyball team used to dislike playing in front of a big and loud home crowd. This year, the players are using it to their advantage.
On Thursday, in front of a big and loud crowd, they used that school spirit to build up the team intensity and converted it into a 3-1 victory (25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 25-20) over Southwest Wake Athletic Conference rival Holly Springs.
“The biggest thing tonight that stood out: They actually came together, had high energy and a lot of momentum,” Fuquay-Varina head coach Jeff Pagel said. “Usually in an atmosphere like this in the past we’ve failed, because we can’t handle big crowds. We don’t like it when people are watching us play. I saw tonight how we fed off the crowd. We kept that momentum going on the court.”
The Bengals (5-0, 1-0) captured the first game 25-20.
Fuquay-Varina was led on the court by junior outside hitter Morgan Sonnendecker. Her leadership came to the forefront late in game two as she had a part in the final five points scored. She recorded a kill and a service ace in the Bengals’ 25-21 triumph.
“She is one that has grown up a lot since last season,” Pagel said. “She is the top server on our team, top hitter, and back-up setter. She is clearly all-around one of the better players this year. She has made a 180 turnaround from last season. “
Despite facing much adversity, the Golden Hawks (1-4) rallied back to capture game three.
Fuquay-Varina came within two points of the victory, but Holly Springs went on a 5-1 run to claim it 26-24. Senior Jaclyn Brewington scored the game-winning kill off a Bengals block out of bounds for the Golden Hawks.
“Tonight was the best game we played this early part of the season,” Holly Springs head coach Emily Rice said. “We played our hearts out in this game.”