Volleyball: Rosewood Earns Four-set Win Over Eastern Wayne (PHOTO GALLERY)

Volleyball: Rosewood Earns Four-set Win Over Eastern Wayne (PHOTO GALLERY)

On Monday evening, Rosewood earned its second win of the season with a 25-13, 25-27, 25-9, 25-15 non-conference victory against Eastern Wayne.

Late in the first set, Zana Nuwara’s ace and Katie Smith’s kill give the Eagles an 18-10 lead, which prompted Eastern Wayne head coach Stephen Gross to call a timeout.

The timeout did little to stop the Eagles’ momentum, and Rosewood used a 7-3 run to end the set.

“The girls played fairly well overall,” Rosewood head coach Tonya Sittig said. “I’m proud of the way they played.”

With the score tied 2-2 in the second set, back-to-back aces from Sydney Coulter gave Eastern Wayne a 4-2 lead. The Warriors continued to hold off the Eagles for the rest of the second set, but eventually, the Eagles tied the set at 25-25.

However, the Warriors won the next two points with a block from Ta’Honny Exum giving Eastern Wayne the second set.

“The girls did a good job coming back,” Sittig said about Eagles battling back in the second set.

An ace from Smith helped fuel Rosewood in the third set as the Eagles jumped out to a 9-5 lead and never looked back. The Eagles won 16 of the next 20 points to win the third set.

Rosewood stayed hot in the fourth set, with Smith’s ace giving the Eagles a 22-10 advantage late in the fourth set.

The Warriors would cut Rosewood’s lead down to 23-14, but a kill and ace from Skyler Lassiter closed out the match.

“Smart played, communication, and working as a team,” Sittig said were the keys in the third and fourth sets.

Rosewood (2-1 overall) travels to South Lenoir (3-1) today, while the Warriors (2-3) will travel to Rosewood for a rematch on Thursday.