Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity volleyball team went through some growing pains in its season-opener Tuesday, falling 3-1 to visiting Fayetteville Academy. Individual set scores were 25-8, 25-20, 18-25 and 25-15.
“We did learn a lot,” said first-year Cape Fear Christian coach Paul Hobbs. The first game is always so important to actually learn where your shortcomings are. I told them in the meeting afterwards that I’m so thankful that we get to fix it this early. I know exactly what needs to be fixed and starting tomorrow, we’re going to fix these issues. But the thing is, the team’s unified. There’s no blaming of anybody. It’s good. We’re all on the same page. I think it’s a going to be a good season. The first game is always a little tough sometimes. It’s a lot of learning and a lot of adjusting.”
Sophomore Ella John Dupree had five kills, freshman Abby Hobbs had three kills, 11 assists and four aces on eight service points and senior Marlee Butler had 19 digs to lead the homestanding Eagles (0-1).
Mariah Bell had three kills, one block and 11 digs and held serve for one point. Larah Tripp had three kills and held serve for two points. Madeline Brocious had three kills, one block and three digs and held serve for one point. Claire Parker had three kills, one block and four digs. Rhyleigh Horne had four assists and 11 digs and held serve for one point. Sara Shaw had one assist, six digs and two aces on four service points. Cailee Ray had one assist and five digs. Butler had one assist and held serve for three points. Abby Hobbs had seven digs. Dupree had three digs and one ace on five service points.
Sophomore Maile Sawyer had nine kills and 11 aces on 21 service points, freshman Charlotte Jensen had nine kills and junior Ansley Fletcher had five kills, 25 assists and four aces on 10 service points to lead the visiting Eagles (1-0).
Cape Fear Christian fell behind 2-0 after losing the first set 25-8 and the second 25-20 before rallying to win the third set 25-18.
“One thing that we have to learn to do is we’ve got to play with more power,” coach Hobbs said. “You can see that we did that. I brought them over to the said and I said, ‘Just swing. Swing hard. Reach high.’ And that’s where that win came from. It was from them going and being more aggressive.”
Fayetteville Academy held match point at 24-6 in the fourth set before Cape Fear Christian rallied with a 9-0 run. But a kill from Vivianna Jensen, assisted by Fletcher, ended the match.
Cape Fear Christian rallied after losing the first set to win the junior varsity match 2-1 by scores of 19-25, 25-12 and 15-6.
Cape Fear Christian travels to Greenfield on Friday for the Knights’ season-opener.