Green Hope did not look like a team that had lost four out of their last five matches on Tuesday night.
The Falcons handed Apex a 3-0 defeat for the Cougars’ first conference loss of the year.
“We definitely needed a confidence boost. We’ve lost I think three matches in a row, so this is definitely a good momentum builder to show us know that we can do it,” Green Hope senior Allison O’Connor said.
Apex tied the second game up at 22-all and got within reach (24-23) in the third set, but could not get over the hump.
“I think we took them a little bit too lightly. We saw that they’ve lost a few matches and I think we weren’t mentally ready to play. We didn’t get a good momentum in the match,” Apex head coach Emily Regan said.
And with the history between these two teams, it’s safe to say that a lot was at stake. Last year, Green Hope was crowned Southwest Wake Athletic Conference champions but went on to lose to Apex in the second round of the state playoffs.
“This is the biggest game of the year for us, so yeah, it’s definitely a big deal,” O’Connor added.
These two teams will meet exactly a month later, Oct. 8 at Green Hope, but until then the Falcons have the bragging rights.
“I think the girls are celebrating more than I am. I’m always the critic and I always say that we can improve but they brought a lot of energy to the court tonight,” Falcons head coach Karl Redelfs said. “I’m hoping that they take this win and really use it, especially in practices. But overall, I think they’re going to be just fine.”
Sophomores Kara Adams and Erin Boone both had seven kills to lead Green Hope.
The third set was tied 11-all when O’Connor and fellow senior Abby Kott went on to combine for four kills, along with an Apex serve that hit the net, to put the Falcons up 16-11. Green Hope held on to their lead and finished the sweep.
Three who mattered
Allison O’Connor, Green Hope: O’Connor was the Green Hope leader. She knew exactly where to place the ball on the attack and registered five kills on the night.
Alexis Chaize, Green Hope: Chaize was committed to doing all of the little things for the Falcons. The senior was in the right position and the right time and did a good job of setting teammates up (26 assists) throughout the match.
Abigail Veit, Apex: Veit had a good game, leading the team in kills (10) and digs (14).
By the Numbers
20: Chaize led the match with 20 digs.
3: Green Hope had lost three straight matches before entering tonight’s contest.
31: Despite the loss, Apex had 31 kills on the night.