On Tuesday evening, Goldsboro won its third game in a row with a 25-16, 25-11, 25-8 victory against Eastern Wayne in Neuse Six 2A Conference play.
“We took that hard loss to Princeton, and we weren’t too thrilled about that, so ever since it’s been defense, defense, defense,” Goldsboro head coach Pam Tart said. “Some of the teams maybe are not as strong a caliber as Princeton, but we take games, and we start working on things.
“That’s what we did right now.”
Down 15-10 in the first set, the Warriors battled back and cut Goldsboro’s lead down to 18-16. However, the Cougars responded with a 7-0 run to win the first set.
The Cougars sprinted out to a 13-7 lead in the second set and never looked back. A kill from Hallie Brown and a block from Doris Ajagbe gave the Cougars a 22-10 lead.
An ace from Brown closed out set two.
“We’re pretty strong offensively with Hallie, with Bri (Brianna Moye), with Doris,” Tart said. “One of the things we try to focus on is not to put so much on one person. We’re looking to the future for playoffs purposes to spread it around.”
In the third set, back-to-back aces from Elizabeth Howell pushed the Cougars in front 10-4. Goldsboro continued its strong play through the third set and built up a 20-7 lead, and the Cougars closed out the third set with a 5-1 run.
Aaliyah Williams-Bryant contributed two aces, Moye added two kills, while a kill from Dantzler Bonner put the Warriors away.
Goldsboro (8-5 overall, 4-1 NSC) hosts Beddingfield (0-8, 0-3) on Thursday, while Eastern Wayne (2-7, 0-3) entertains Princeton (2-7, 2-0).