Down 2-0 after the second set, the situation was not looking good for the C.B. Aycock volleyball team.
However, it is always darkest before the dawn, and the Golden Falcons found a way to regain their composure and pulled off a 14-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-13, 15-13 comeback victory over Goldsboro on Thursday evening.
“I guess they decided that they wanted it. It got down to either they win the third set, and we move on, or we lose it and take our first loss,” C.B. Aycock head coach Jordyn McGhee said. “And I think they started to work as a team and start talking.
“They made the adjustments and pulled through.”
In the first set, Goldsboro raced out to an 8-3 lead and forced McGhee to call a timeout, but the timeout could not stop the Cougars’ momentum.
Goldsboro eventually built up a 23-14 lead, while an ace from Brianna Moye and kill from Hallie Brown gave the Cougars the first set.
“The girls weren’t talking, and without communication on a volleyball court, you’re not going to get what you need,” McGhee said. “They weren’t communicating, but when they started to communicate, they realized that’s what they have to do, and it worked.”
The Cougars raced out to a 21-8 in the second set, but The Golden Falcons regrouped in the late stages of the second set and used a 12-3 run to cut Goldsboro lead down to 24-20.
Another kill from Brown won the second set for the Cougars, but the momentum shifted over to C.B. Aycock.
The third set turned into a back-and-forth affair that the Golden Falcons managed to claim, and they flew through the fourth set.
“We got ahead by 10 in the fourth set, and that’s when it like ‘okay they want it and turned it on, and now we’re playing volleyball like Aycock plays volleyball.’” McGhee said.
Back-to-back kills from Brown gave Goldsboro a 7-4 lead in the fifth and final set, but the Golden Falcons fought back and forged a 10-10 tie.
The Golden Falcons then went on a quick 4-0 run as their advantage swelled to 14-10 on Clara Coles’ kill.
Goldsboro shaved the deficit to 14-12, but another kill from Coles completed the Golden Falcons’ comeback as the C.B. Aycock bench leaped from their seats and met their teammates on the court for a group hug.
“They wanted it. The crowd wanted it. We wanted it on the bench. It was a group effort,” McGhee said. “They want to have a winning season. I want to have a winning season, and we’re working for it.”
Both teams are back on the court on Monday. C.B. Aycock (2-0 overall) heads to Neuse Charter (0-1), while Goldsboro (1-1) hosts Southern Wayne.