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Greene Central drops volleyball opener in straight sets

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By Laieke Abebe

WJG Sports Contributor

Despite holding a lead in all three sets, Greene Central was unable to come away with a win in its season opener against Farmville Central.

The Rams lost in straight sets 28-26, 25-19, 25-20 on Monday, however, the 2019 outlook is good for a Greene Central squad that went 4-15 last season.

“We struggled to close all three sets,” first year head coach Emily Nelson said. “However, this was only our first game of the season and I’m really encouraged. I thought we played good volleyball today, but I know we can be better.”

Greene Central started the opening set strong with a 16-12 lead, but the Jaguars came back to tie the set. The Rams then took a 21-19 lead, then had set point, but the Jaguars were able to score the last three points to take the first set in a tiebreaker.

On senior Daly Keel’s serve, the Rams got off to a 6-0 start in set two and led 11-6 at one point. Once again, the Jaguars were able to answer with a run of their own. An 8-3 run tied the score at 14 and from there, Farmville Central would score 11 of the next 16 points to go up two sets to none. 

The Rams held a 15-11 lead in the final set, but the theme of their season opener continued. Farmville Central went on a 6-0 run to take the lead and they never trailed again.

Nelson believes her team will be extremely competitive this season. In a difficult Eastern Carolina 2A conference, she is hoping the Rams can put pressure on some of the leagues best teams.

“It’s all a matter of going up from here,” Nelson said about her teams season outlook. “We have plenty of games left and everyone on the team has a part to play in this season. With a lot of hard work, I think we can win a lot of games. The goal is to improve everyday and matches like this will help us become a better team.”

Greene Central will host Wilson Beddingfield for their home opener on Tuesday. 

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August 2019