For the second time this season, the North Duplin Lady Rebels hand Spring Creek a loss in straight sets.
Though North Duplin had beaten Spring Creek once before this season, coach Laura Thornton was weary of her team being too confident heading into the swamp. "When you play a team for the second time, being mentally tough is super key because if you overlook them, they could easily beat you and I'm really proud of our girls for executing the way we did," said Thornton.
The first set could have gone either way to begin the match. Spring Creek held the lead for much of the first half of the first set but as North Duplin cranked up the pressure and got into their rhythm, the Gators failed to answer losing set one 25-17.
After coming off a "shaky" set as described by coach Thornton, North Duplin followed up their first set win with a dominating set two only giving up six points. Thornton credits the play of Starr Jaco in the second set for North Duplin being able to control the match. Cassy King and Callie Thornton also received some props from their coach as they "served extremely well and helped us get into an aggressive, attacking type of play which is what we want more of," said Thornton.
Up a commanding two sets to none, North Duplin's King started off the set with six aces in a row. That would help North Duplin get into a groove for the rest of the set as they only allowed eight points in the final set winning set three 25-8 and sweeping the match.
"Breanna Hinnant did a great job serving for us, Gretta Lee had a great kill that helped us build momentum and Jamilyn Wallace did a great job covering the floor. It was a true team effort, we all contributed and that's always great," added Thornton via text.
With the win, North Duplin moves to 4-1 on the season and with the loss, Spring Creek moves to 1-5.
"Our communication was a lot better and we didn't really get down on ourselves, I guess that's a positive. Going from here, the hurricane hurt us because we really need some practice and we got a tough grind coming ahead. We have to be coachable and if we don't perform the way we know we can, we're going to continue to beat ourselves," said Spring Creek coach Josh Singleton.
It's a quick turnaround for both squads as (1-5) Spring Creek travels to (5-0) Clinton tomorrow and (4-1) North Duplin heads to rival (1-5) James Kenan. North Duplin swept James Kenan in straight sets in their last meeting on Aug. 27.