After a disappointing loss against Alexander Central on Wednesday, the Wilkes Central volleyball team took to the court again on Thursday afternoon in Moravian Falls, winning three straight sets to take a 3-0 victory against Hibriten in nonconference play.
The win was a team effort with junior Karlie Anderson leading the way with four aces, two kills, 23 assists and three blocks.
Head Coach Kevin Anderson in his first year as the head coach was pleased with his team’s efforts but believes his team has work to do.
“I am very pleased with their play tonight and the win,” Kevin Anderson said. “The whole team’s play stood out tonight. It wasn’t just the effort of one or two players. It was a team effort. Our whole team knows their roles and I believe this team is going to succeed because of team play.
“Our passing improved tonight and we need to continue to strive to get better and we will continue working and focusing on passing drills in practice.”
The Eagles (2-1) dominated in the first set jumping out front 7-1 before the Panthers called a quick timeout. After play resumed, Anderson continued with her strong serve putting 15 straight points on the board taking a commanding lead of 15-3.
Wilkes Central scored the winning point on a Savannah Goff block to finish the first set 25-5.
Hibriten (0-3) came out strong in the second set but could never gain any momentum to pull away from Wilkes Central. With the score at 22-16, senior Hayley Parker continued her dominance at the net with back-to-back kills to bring the Eagles within one point of the win and teammate and Madison German, also a senior, recorded a kill to take the second victory of the match.
Early in the third set, the Panthers tied the score 2-2 and the Eagles pulled away with the solid performance of server Zoe Mathis scoring 11 consecutive points to take an 18-6 lead. Wilkes Central went on to win the third set, 25-8.
Wilkes Central will continue its nonconference schedule traveling to Lenoir on Thursday for a match-up against the Warriors of West Caldwell.
Notes: The Lady Eagles put up some impressive numbers on their home court — Parker with six kills, German with one ace, four kills, and three blocks while Mathis had two aces, seven kills and one assist. Jacklyn Richardson added six kills while Goff finished with five kills and two blocks.