Lady Cougars score a win in a loss
The Central Carolina Community College women’s volleyball team did something on Tuesday afternoon on its home court against Wytheville Community College (Va.) it had been unable to do all season – the Lady Cougars won their first set. Wytheville won the match in four sets, 25-21, 25-11, 23-25, 25-8.
In all fairness, this is only the third match of the season, and following a year away from the court because of not having enough student-athletes, the young Lady Cougars are clearly a work in progress. So, winning a set is a big step when you are rebuilding.
Coach Bill Carter said, “I think that’s a big start – we just talked about it in our post-game meeting that we won our first set for the season. We had the opportunity to win a few more and that first set we played really well.”
The Lady Cougars jumped out to 4-1 lead in the first set, and held on to the lead at 13-9, before the Lady Wildcats tied the score at 14-14. Wytheville led for the rest of the set, except for a tie score at 16-16, before CCCC rallied to make it 21-24 before losing the first set 21-25. Keshonta Williams tallied four service points, and Makaila Gillum and Taylor O’Quinn each had an ace. O’Quinn also had two blocks and a kill. Williams added a kill, and Gillum recorded two kills.
The Lady Cougars trailed throughout the second set. CCCC did not have a single service point in the set.
“The difference in that match was really our serving, or the lack thereof tonight in a couple of the sets,” Carter said.
The Lady Cougars dropped the second set 11-25.
After a 10-minute break, CCCC started strong, and remained strong, throughout the third set. After falling behind 2-7, the Lady Cougars rallied on Davidson’s serving to take an 8-7 lead. CCCC again fell behind 11-14, but fought back again to tie the set at 17-17. On Williams’ serving, the Lady Cougars jumped ahead 20-17 before the Lady Wildcats rallied to make the score 24-23. CCCC held on to win the third set 25-23.
Erica Davidson had five service points, along with Williams’ four. O’Quinn and Gillum had two kills each.
The biggest different for the Lady Cougars in the third set was their serving. Overall, the Lady Cougars made 24 service attempts with only one error. Poor serving returned to plague the Lady Cougars in the fourth set, and they eventually lost 8-25.
Despite the outcome, Carter remained optimistic.
“Overall, I’m really excited about our play. We had some big attacks and kills. Our middle blockers really stepped up tonight. Taylor had some big blocks. Rachel (Shrader) had a really, really key block. Our defense – actually this was the best defense I’ve seen our team play so far and our outside hitters really did a nice job playing middle back,” he said.
The Lady Cougars (0-3) return to the court, at home, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“The nice thing is we’re kinda starting into a phase now where we will be playing pretty regularly. We’ve got Rockingham County coming in Saturday, and their supposed to be one of the top teams this year in the Tarheel Conference,” Carter said.
But overall, Carter says his squad is improving each match.
“I think they were a little bit down after the match because they felt like they could have been a little more competitive and maybe pulled out a win. But I also think they know they played well. They’re upset that they lost,” he said, “but they’re ready to play Saturday and I think they’re going to continue to improve and get better.”