The Goldsboro volleyball team flipped the switch when it needed it the most during a 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18 triumph against Riverside on Tuesday evening.
After dropping the third set, the Cougars fell behind 1-5 in the fourth set, but Goldsboro responded with a 24-13 run to claim its seventh consecutive victory.
“We thought we were going to close it out in three, but we didn’t. They have an awesome front line, and Riverside came in strong,” Goldsboro head coach Pam Tart said. “I thought we did well finishing out, but they picked us apart a little bit, so that’s something that we’re working on.”
The Cougars (7-0 overall) jumped ahead 9-1 in the opening set, but Riverside rallied and pulled within 14-11.
Goldsboro used an 11-7 run to pull away and win the first set.
Anna Miranda’s kill gave Goldsboro a 5-2 lead early in the second set, but the Knights cut Goldsboro’s lead down to 14-11 midway through the second set.
The Cougars closed out the second set on an 11-5 run.
“They came together and did what they had to do, so it was good to see that,” Tart said.
But Goldsboro ran into some trouble during the third and fourth sets.
The Knights took a 20-14 lead, but Brianna Moye’s kill cut the deficit to 20-15. However, the Cougars were unable to complete to come back, and Riverside denied Goldsboro the sweep.
Riverside held a 5-1 early in the fourth set, but this time, the Cougars responded with a decisive 9-5 run to take the lead for good.
“In the long run, we’re going to be okay, and it’s going to be a good road to the playoffs,” Tart said.