Rocky Mount Rolls over Bulldogs
September 23, 2011Nash Central High School
By Kent Wheeless
Rocky Mount – Nash Central started the second half of the Big East volleyball schedule with a visit to Rocky Mount, but instead of coming out growling, they seemed to want to play dead dog. The Bulldogs have been erratic in their play this season, winning sets against good teams and then following those wins with sets that were awful. At Rocky Mount they went directly to awful as the Gryphons dominated play in all three sets.
In set one junior Evie Hunter staked the Gryphons to an early lead as she served 10 points including four aces before hitting a net serve to allow the Bulldogs their first point. Later in the set Hunter returned to serve four more points and another ace. For the Bulldogs, Brittany Faulkner was the only true offences as she had three kills. To add to the Bulldogs’ pain they continued to struggle with serving, committing four service errors out of 12 attempts. The Gryphons rolled to a 25-12 win.
The second set started much as the first. Lesley Murray served for the Bulldogs but a missed kill by Jayln Westry gave the 1-0 lead and the ball to the Gryphons and Hunter served another 10 points with three aces to give the Gryphons an 11-0 lead. From that point on the Bulldogs played even with the Gryphons but could never makeup the deficit and the Gryphons took the set 25-14. Again Faulkner provided the offense for the Bulldogs with a kill and a block but the service line was still a problem with four more errors. The Gryphons were led at the net by Tia Hudgins with three kills and two blocks. Precious White and Sakeya Battle both getting kills to add to the Rocky Mount total.
Set three saw the Bulldogs substitute freely but the Gryphons continued to roll. The Bulldogs did lead early with Murray getting four service points, with two aces as the Bulldogs pulled to a 6-2 lead. Then Hudgins took over for the Gryphons as she scored the next six Gryphon points with three kills and three blocks as the Gryphons raced to a 12-7 lead. After some even play Battle knocked down two kills in a row and White got a kill followed by another ace by Hunter to drive the Rocky Mount lead to 19-10. The Gryphons scored 12 of the last 15 points in the game as the Bulldogs struggled with the powerful Rocky Mount front line and their continued inability to serve. The final set was Rocky Mount’s 25-12.
The Bulldogs fall to 5-6 on the season and 3-3 in Big East play and will be at home on Monday to face non-conference opponent SouthWest Edgecombe.