C.B. Aycock opened the Quad County 3A Conference tournament with a 25-10, 25-20, 25-4 win against Smithfield-Selma on Monday evening.
“We worked together. We got our serves in. Serves are a big kicker when it comes to volleyball, and if you don’t get your serves in, then you can’t set up a good rally,” C.B. Aycock head coach Jordyn McGhee said.
The Golden Falcons were up 9-6 in the first set when Emily Feddersen’s two aces sparked a 10-0 run to give the Golden Falcons a 19-6 lead, and they had no problems closing out the first set.
C.B. Aycock built up a 14-9 lead in the second set only to watch the Spartans battle back and cut the Golden Falcons’ lead down to 18-16.
However, back-to-back kills from Gracie Mooney and Bailey Wood and ace from Mikayla Vernon pushed C.B. Aycock ahead 24-18.
“SSS is one of those schools that gets a lot of free balls, and my girls like to take advantage of that, but they were getting in their heads and hitting them into the net,” McGhee said. “The girls have to keep swinging in order to get back in the groove of things.”
In the third set, the Golden Falcons take care of business. They opened the set on a 13-0 run and never looked back as the Golden Falcons easily advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
“I literally don’t know where that came from, but I’m not mad at it,” McGhee said.
The Golden Falcons (17-5 overall, 10-4 QCC) advance to face South Johnston (16-7, 10-4) in the semifinals of the conference tournament today at 4:30 p.m.
The semifinals and finals of the conference tournament are taking place at Hunt High School.
“I told them at practice, ‘what you do today will go over into tomorrow’s game,’ and so I think with a 25-4 score in the third set that leaves us off on a pretty good note,” McGhee said.