Volleyball team getting healthy at the right time

Published 9:10 am Thursday, September 30, 2021

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s volleyball team tuned up for the stretch drive of the Central Piedmont Conference race by obliterating Glenn and Reynolds last week.

At Glenn on Sept. 21, the War Eagles rolled 25-19, 25-13, 25-17. At home against Reynolds on Sept. 23, Davie had an easy time with scores of 25-5, 25-9, 25-9.

It’s crunch time now for the War Eagles, who are 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the league. Davie, Reagan and West Forsyth entered the week in a three-way tie for first.

“We are doing our job and taking care of matches that we’re supposed to take care of,” coach Amber Brandon said. “We’re finally getting back healthy. (Last) week at practice was really the first week where every single kid has practiced every single minute. We’re starting to get Abby Reynolds back on the back row. We’ve been slowly transitioning her back into a six-rotation player.”

The mismatches against Glenn and Reynolds allowed Brandon to unload her bench. Juniors like Camden Hurst and Gracie Wilson saw extended playing time. Both will be counted on heavily in 2022 after seven seniors graduate.

“Camden is coming back from an injury that she’s been dealing with for a year,” Brandon said. “She had a major ankle break at the end of her freshman year that required pins and screws. She’s just now getting back into the swing of things. She got playing time and started to turn a corner. She elevates really well.

“Gracie has been working hard in practice and learning how to play a new position. I’ve asked her to learn a new role and she got some opportunities in that new role.”

Notes: Davie has a five-match winning streak. … Davie has won 11 in a row against Glenn, the streak spanning 33 sets. … Glenn and Reynolds had no chance against Davie’s JV. The scores against Glenn were 25-7, 25-1. The scores against Reynolds were 25-4, 25-7. … Four straight wins pushed the JV record to 8-2, 6-1.