While far from a peak performance, the Carrboro Jaguars added a road win over Graham to their growing list of accolades this season.
Grace Maggiore had seven aces and 15 assists and UNC commitment Destinee Cox registered 10 kills as the Jaguars defeated Graham 3-0 on scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-8 on Thursday afternoon at Red Devils Gymnasium.
Cox spiked home the match point to end the evening where the Jaguars gave up the first four points of the first set and never trailed again the rest of the match.
Graham fell to 1-6.
Ranked No. 1 this week by the News & Observer, Carrboro (14-0, 4-0 in the 2A Mid-State Conference) previously has defeated defending 4A state champion Cardinal Gibbons, defending 2A state champion South Granville and reigning Big 8 Conference Champion Cedar Ridge so far this season, and swept district rival Chapel Hill in three matches.
Nonetheless, coach Steve Scagna lamented what he called a “flat” performance. With his team heavily favored to win the Mid-State conference, Scagna believes his challenge is keeping his team hungry before the state playoffs.
“We weren’t really at our best,” said Scagna. “We made more errors than we needed to make. We hit the ball into the net too much.
“It’s difficult to be at the level we are, but I get to play some of the players who don’t get to play as much. We do some different things. We find other things to work on to get things done.”
Graham opened the match by scoring the first four points, but Carrboro’s Sarah Montross served on seven consecutive Jaguars points in the match’s only competitive set. Zoe Hurwitz topped that when she served on eights straight points in the second set.
BY THE NUMBERS
38: Consecutive Mid-State conference victories by Carrboro.
18: Aces by Carrboro on Thursday.
10: shutout wins so far this season for Carrboro. Thursday’s win was the Jaguars’ third straight by a 3-0 score since a 3-2 victory at South Granville.
THEY SAID IT
“I struggle to find those hard non-conference matches at the end of the year. I’ve got East Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge and Bartlett Yancey, who will all put up a good fight. We’ve got 13 girls, and they can all play pretty good ball. So in practice, we have a ‘B’ team called the ‘Waterboys.’ They made it up themselves because they didn’t want to be known as the ‘B’ team. They got it from the Adam Sandler movie.” Carrboro coach Steve Scagna.
OUT OF BOUNDS
To break the tension during practice, Carrboro players play a game called “Kitty Kitty,” where the players try to hit a ball with a rat painted on it. The rat was drawn by outside hitter Millie McGuire. “We laugh the entire time,” said Elizabeth Ollila. “We’re a bunch of goofballs.”