Jags improving, but fall to Hunt
By Christopher Decker
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
With two weeks to go before tryouts were set to begin for the Farmville Central volleyball team, former head coach Ashlee Langston decided she would not be coaching this season.
With limited time remaining before the preseason started, former North Carolina A&T standout Alyssa Pitt was hired for the job. Pitt and the Jaguars started the season 4-3, and she said she has been impressed so far with what Farmville Central has been able to accomplish.
The Jaguars suffered a setback on Monday night, however, falling to Wilson Hunt in straight sets, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-12. The Warriors secured the season sweep in the process and improved to 4-5 on the season while the Jaguars fell to 4-4.
“We were going for balls, which is something we struggled with,” Pitt said of her team. “So it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Overall, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made.”
Freshman outside hitter Alex Williams led the way with 10 kills for the Warriors on the night while senior Greysen Evans finished with eight kills. Senior Brianna Moore served six aces.
Senior Ja’shyran Carmon finished the night with seven kills and six blocks for the Jaguars, while Lauryn Pitt and Corinne Denham combined for 21 digs. Farmville Central committed 14 hitting errors and three service errors in the match.
The Jaguars never led in the first set, falling behind 6-1 to start. Farmville Central cut the lead to 8-5, but that is as close as they got. Hunt went on to 6-0 run and then a 10-5 run to put the first set away.
After falling behind 4-0 to open the second set, Farmville Central scored five straight points to take its first lead at 5-4. After several back-and-forth rallies, the Warriors took control and finished the second set on a 17-5 run. Evans terminated four balls in the set for Hunt.
Down 2-0, the Jaguars sprung out to a 7-3 lead in the third set thanks to two blocks and a kill by Carmon. The Warriors, however, scored the next six points and outscored the Jaguars 13-1 to build a 16-8 lead.
In that stretch, Williams collected five kills and the Warriors served two aces. The Jaguars managed to cut the lead to 16-10, but Hunt finished the match by scoring eight straight points.
Pitt said quickly forgetting about mistakes is the key for the Jaguars to put together full sets, not just strong starts.
“If you make a mistake, you can’t get down, which we struggle with,” she said.
Pitt added she would like to see her offense terminate more balls as the season progresses.
Farmville Central will now have a week off before the Jaguars play their first conference game of the season against Nash Central Sept. 17. Nash Central was 3-4 before its match against Rocky Mount Monday.
Oakwood 3, Epiphany 0
Macey Robinette had 15 kills and Jordyn Styles added 10 aces to help Oakwood to a clean sweep of Epiphany on Monday to remain undefeated.
Oakwood (4-0) plays at Epiphany tonight.
D.H. Conley 4, Richlands 0
The Vikings won big thanks to goals by Oen Medevielle, Cody McLaughlin and a pair from Anthony Alvarado on Monday night.
Getting the clean sheet for Conley in goal was Conor Montanye. Massimo Mannino set up a pair of goals and Angel Ocon another.
The Vikings travel to Southern Wayne High School today for their first conference game.
Epiphany 6, Oakwood 4
Oakwood dropped a high-scoring match at home for its initial setback of the season.
The clubs will be right back on the field to square off again today, with Oakwood looking to improve on its 3-1 record.
Epiphany 2, Oakwood 1
Like its varsity counterparts, Oakwood (2-1) suffered its first loss of the campaign at home on Monday night. Macey Robinette had 15 kills. Jordyn Styles added 10 aces. Oakwood is now 4-0 in the conference and will play again, Away, on Tuesday the 10th vs. Epiphany.