Rose tops West Johnston, 3-1
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The J.H. Rose volleyball team held off a tough West Johnston squad Monday night, battling back from a set down to win 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-14).
CeCe Wilkerson had a big effort, finishing with nine blocks and five kills. Anna Bayes also had a strong night with 11 assists, four blocks and four kills.
The two sides battled right out of the gate. As soon as one team gathered a lead, the other would simply climb back into it. Rose gained a four-point advantage in the first set, 14-10, but the Wildcats were not far from a big run. With the score 18-15, West Johnston exploded for an eight-point run that gave them the lead, 23-18.
JHR responded with a four point run, but it was too little, too late, as the Wildcats stole the first set and grabbed the early momentum.
JHR head coach Kelley Krainiak was not happy with how her side performed in the first set.
"We talked about a few adjustments and I told them to wake up," she said. "It was really about concentrating on what they were doing to us repeatedly. We wanted to make some minor adjustments on our side to fix what they were doing and focusing on us, serving, passing the ball well and getting a lot of kills."
JHR switched into high gear in Set Two, quickly jumping to a 10-4 lead. The Rampants then continued to string together runs, which helped push them to the set win and even the match score, 1-1. West Johnston fought back in Set Three, as a late three-point push brought the Wildcats to within two at 22-20. A block by Wilkerson then sealed the set win, putting Rampants in the drivers seat.
Runs of six and four-points gave Rose a big lead, 14-8, in the final set. Another four-point run gave the Rampants a big lead, 19-10, keeping West Johnston from ever truly threatening to make a comeback.
"Today was probably the best we've ever played, which is nice to see," Krainiak said. "Progression is a big deal for us. We have a lot of freshmen, a lot of young kids. Building cohesion as a team and listening to each other is huge. It's not even so much skills, it's the mental game, the mental focus, making adjustments. Those are the things that will help us improve."
Rose (7-3, 2-1) will take on 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent Eastern Wayne tonight.
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Hoggard 3, D.H. Conley 2
Conley fell just short of defeating Hoggard on Saturday, 3-2 (27-25, 24-26, 24-26, 25-21 and 8-15).
Maddy May (20 kills), Alexis Desoto (15 kills), Ella Philpot (6 kills, 11 blocks) and Sara Dees (5 kills, 4 blocks) led the way in a hard-fought effort.
D.H. Conley 3, Coastal Christian 0
DHC bounced back, defeating Coastal Christian on Saturday (25-7, 25-16 and 25-17).
Conley (10-1) will travel to face C.B. Aycock tonight.
Oakwood 4, Ridgecroft 2
Oakwood picked up a big win over Ridgecroft on Monday night, as Gonzalo Insurralde netted two goals and Ryan Smith and Ray Prati each added a goal of their own.
Oakwood (5-2) and will take on Rocky Mount Academy tonight.
Hoggard 2, D.H. Conley 1
D.H. Conley's JV squad couldn't top Hoggard on Saturday, losing 2-1 (25-20, 22-25 and 24-26).
D.H. Conley 2, Coastal Christian 0
Conley swept Coastal Christian in the second game of the day, 25-13 and 25-21.
DHC (8-3) will travel to face C.B. Aycock tonight.