HENDERSON — Kerr-Vance Academy’s volleyball team rebounded from an inconsistent win over Crossroads Chrstian to hold off a strong Greenfield program 3-0 on Friday evening, with it advancing into the semifinals of the NCISAA 1A playoffs.
Head coach Casey Ellington was hoping her team would respond the way they did after a sluggish start to the postseason, and believes the Spartans will be a favorite for the NCISAA 1A title if they duplicate Friday’s performance two more times.
“I think this is the best they’ve played all season,” Ellington said. “They moved their feet, they hustled after the ball, they put the ball down and they played aggressive, so they put together an overall awesome performance today.”
KVA managed to get the early edge on Greenfield in the first set, but they faced constant pressure from their opponent, a theme throughout the evening as both sides traded points.
The first set belonged to KVA, which prevailed by a score of 25-12, but Greenfield attempted to make some noise of its own by briefly pulling ahead at the start of the second set. KVA was not fazed by Greenfield’s momentum, as it rebounded to pull away with a 25-16 win.
Greenfield made one last push to take the match into a fourth set, but self-inflicted mistakes, combined with KVA’s efficiency around the net, enabled the Spartans to hold on for a 25-15 win and keep their quest for a third consecutive state championship alive.
Having defeated Greenfield 3-0 earlier in the year, Ellington wanted her players to keep an eye out for several different kinds of serves. She believed her team responded well to Greenfield’s aggression and is looking forward to seeing how they continue this momentum into the rest of the postseason.
“Even when they messed up, the girls kept playing aggressive and I think this is the most confidence they have played with all year,” Ellington said. “You could see a difference in practice this week with their defense and footwork, and what they learned in practice was on display in the game today.”
KVA will face the winner of the matchup between Albemarle School and the undefeated Pungo Christian Academy at home for the semifinals on Tuesday.