Wake Tech spoils Lady Cougar return
The Lady Cougar players and Central Carolina C.C. head coach William Carter are excited to have volleyball back at CCCC. Wins to go with the excitement haven't come yet through two matches, but they will as the new Cougar team keeps working says Carter.
Central Carolina fell to Davidson County C.C. in straight sets Tuesday night in CCCC's return to the court after a one-season gap. The Lady Cougars made their home return Thursday evening. Wake Tech C.C. rolled past CCCC in three sets, 25-10, 25-10, 25-6.
Carter was pleased with his squad's improvement from match one to match two. More importantly, he's happy with how his team's been working throughout the preseason. Now with a break in the schedule until Sept. 17, the Lady Cougars have a chance to learn from these two defeats with more practice time.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress of our team," Carter said.
"On Tuesday, we were very nervous. Today (Thursday night), we came out and were simply excited to play, which was good to see. The competition has been very good for us and I truly think this is the most competitive team we've had here in the last five years," he said.
Wake Tech had a clear advantage above the net and with its overall attacking play. Big Lady Eagle runs early in each set decided the sets quickly. In the opening set, a 5-0 Wake Tech run made it 10-5. In set two, a 6-6 score became a 19-7 Lady Eagle lead. In the last set, Wake Tech ran off an 8-0 rally for an 11-3 lead.
Former Lee Christian standout Erica Davidson, the starting setter for the Lady Cougars and a freshman, as all the Lady Cougars are, had four assists and three kills. Taylor Renee O'Quinn, from Harnett Central, and Rachel Shrader, from Fayetteville Christian, had three kills each.
For Wake Tech, setter Madison Davis had 21 assists, getting 10 in the opening set. Alicia Paeplow and Toi Haynes had four kills each in the first set and Haynes finished with a game-high 11 kills.
"Wake Tech is a very good, very strong program," Carter said, "I thought we made a very good showing."
"We have a lot of room for improvement, and the potential. A month from now, we'll give teams really strong matches and get some wins once we get into the Tarheel Conference," Carter said.
For now though, it's back to practices, which are five days a week around classes, labs and more for the Lady Cougars. CCCC will host Wytheville C.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 17.