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Cary Christian volleyball rallies past Grace Christian

Cary Christian’s Alyssa Gulley (right) defends a hit by Grace Christian's Hope Lapsley. The Cary Christian Knights volleyball team played the Grace Christian Eagles in Raleigh on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Cary Christian won 3-1.
Cary Christian’s Alyssa Gulley (right) defends a hit by Grace Christian's Hope Lapsley. The Cary Christian Knights volleyball team played the Grace Christian Eagles in Raleigh on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Cary Christian won 3-1. newsobserver.com

Using a rousing comeback, Cary Christian defeated host Grace Christian 3-1 Thursday night in an Eastern Plains Independent Conference volleyball match.

The Knights dropped the first game 25-21 and trailed 23-18 in the second before scoring the final seven points to pull out a 25-23 win. The turnaround propelled Cary Christian to conquests in the final two games, 28-26 and 25-21.

“We didn’t play the way we usually do early on,” said Knights coach Victoria Mosley. “But in the second game our offense really got going.”

Mosley credited her team’s defense, like specialists Emerson Grubbs and Cassidy Bennett, for allowing her team to go on the offensive.

Senior Alyssa Gulley was the beneficiary of their fine play, collecting key kills as the Knights wore the Eagles down to improve to 4-4 overall, 1-2 EPIC.

“At first things were really tough, but we were able to get our energy going and we got it together,” Gulley said. “We got scrappier and started to mesh well on the court.”

Despite a solid start to the match, Grace Christian fell to 8-6, 1-2.

Grace Christian coach Russ Wolfinger admitted his team was outplayed, but his squad was hurt by the loss of his daughter, Brenna, a key player who left the match after suffering nausea in the first game.

“Credit Cary Christian for constantly sending the ball back over the net,” coach Wolfinger said. “But we’ve had some issues about letting up when we think we have a match won.”

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