Volleyball teams on winning streaks

Published 9:47 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

It was another splendid week for Davie’s varsity volleyball team, which tells us – not for the first time – much about Lauren Grooms. The senior setter is better than good.

“Lauren is playing really, really well, and that’s so important for our team,” coach Amber Brandon said after a 3-0 week lifted Davie to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in the Central Piedmont Conference. “When she’s in a groove and when we’re passing well enough that Lauren can run the offense, we’re really tough to handle. When that’s the case, she looks like one of the best players in the conference.”

The War Eagles dealt thrashings to two CPC rivals, starting with Glenn on Sept. 18 in Kernersville. Davie and Glenn have met five times since 2015, and each one has ended in three sets.


North Surry has been a 2-A juggernaut for a long time. The Greyhounds went 33-0 to win the state championship in 2009. Then they went 34-2, 30-3, 33-2, 26-4, 24-4, 21-8, 25-5 and 29-2, reaching the final four in 2017.

The 2018 version of the Greyhounds, though, was no match for visiting Davie, which won in four sets on Sept. 19. North slipped to 8-7, and its streak of 20-win seasons (nine) is in serious jeopardy.


The inevitable happened when East Forsyth traveled to Mocksville for a CPC match on Sept. 20. The War Eagles shut out East for the third straight time and extended their series winning streak to 10.

“We served well and that helps when we can frustrate another team’s offense by getting them out of system,” Brandon said of Cara Terry, Morgan Flores and Grooms, all of whom put together nice serving runs.

Zoey Clark helped Davie push its winning streak to 11 and maintain a first-place tie with Reagan.

“Zoey had a really good match,” she said. “She got hot early from the outside and was making smart decisions.”

Against North Surry and East Forsyth, Davie had to go without Dyllan Everhardt, who suffered a sprained ankle at Glenn. Freshman Aimee Loj was called up from JV to fill the void, and she held her own.

“Aimee had a really good night at North Surry, and did a really good job of blocking and helping keep East Forsyth’s hitters under control,” Brandon said.

3-0 Week For JV

Davie’s junior varsity reached seven consecutive wins in a span of 14 sets. It had to work a little harder for No. 8 in a row, but the result was the same.

Coach Carly Pratapas’ squad took down Glenn and North Surry in two sets. The War Eagles won the third set over East Forsyth, pushing their records to 10-3, 3-0.

“Aimee had a huge role on the JV and got pulled up to varsity,” Brandon said. “There’s been some shifting.”

Anna Ortiz and Kaylee Krause made sure the JV kept rolling without Loj.

“Anna had to move to the middle to fill (Loj’s role),” Brandon said. “Kaylee has had a big role on the right side, and she’s done a great job with that.”