Knights claw past Bearcats, stay undefeated

DSC_0541Aly White (4) and Zoe Phillips (3) go for a block against Hendersonville’s Shannon Lewis (5) Tuesday evening in North’s 3-0 win vs. the Bearcats. Photo Credit: Brad Cole

By: Brad Cole 

The North Henderson volleyball team put on quite the show Tuesday at home against Hendersonville. The team put out the Bearcats in three straight sets to win their second game of the season.

The Lady Knights got things started off in the first set with back and forth play. The Bearcats stayed close with the Knights throughout the set and took advantage of North’s minor hiccups, but sticking to the basics proved to benefit the Knights. “They had to focus on fundamentals”, coach Moon said. When we performed like we were supposed to, we were successful. We have to focus on the little things”, Moon added.  

Superior fundamentals from Caroline Marsh and precise assists from Teagan Bullock (22 overall) navigated the team to a 25-20 first set win.

The second set was another tight one as the teams started off trading point for point. North once again did simple things to maintain a slight lead throughout the set. Heading late into the second set, North called a timeout while leading 24-21 to regroup and talk things over. Marsh then ended the set with a powerful kill to lead her team to 25-21 second set win.  

In the final set, the Lady Knights continued their trend of fighting for point after point and stayed close with the Bearcats. It seemed to be all North as they lead 21-13 until a Hendersonville timeout reamped the Bearcats and regrouped the team. Hendersonville made Coach Moon and the Knights nervous as they threatened to steal the lead, but great assists from Aly White (16 overall)  and dominating offense from Marsh (29 kills overall) got the team out of their late set troubles. Once again, the Lady Knights won a close-set 25-19 and won their second game of the season to improve to 2-0. 

As the Knights have a week to prepare for their next match, they’ll fix the minor things that can take a team to the next level. “We’re going to work on every skill position. Pat down our blocks and fine tune”, Moon said.

In earlier action, the JV team beat Hendersonville in three sets (25-21, 24-26, 25-4) to also remain undefeated.

Next up for the Lady Knights is Asheville next Tuesday at home. JV starts at 5.

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