In their second meaningful action of the season, the Saints sputtered out of the gate as the Lady Hawks of North Lenoir never trailed in the first set. Not being able to rebound, the Saints went on to lose the next two sets by a combined score of 50-26 to move to 0-2 on the season.
Set one would be the closest of the entire match between the visting Lady Hawks and the Saints. North Lenoir ended up winning 25-16 and in the second set, the Hawks began to capitalize on every mental and physical mistake the Saints made.
Southern Wayne would make the right plays in certain moments but the key was not being able to finish plays. North Lenoir finished on their end and that is why the second set ended in a 25-11 Hawks win. Coach Scarlett Joyner accredited the slow start to the Saints' mentality coming into the matchup.
"They just didn't come ready to play. At all. Thursday night they left everything they had on the court but tonight, we were just not mentally there," said Joyner.
"We talked about switching up the attack plenty of times, the girls that we rely on for consistent kills just kept overhitting and they didn't switch up their attack which made it easy for [North Lenoir] to respond," Joyner added.
Problems that the Saints couldn't fix in the first two sets continued to haunt them in the third set. For almost every attack, North Lenoir had a response and the Saints just couldn't muster up the momentum to make a run at a comeback losing 25-15 in the third set and ending the match in straight sets.
Southern Wayne has fallen to 0-2 on the season but Joyner knows her team is better than what they have shown. "In practice going through drills, they do exactly what they need to do and they are in the right shape, it's just about getting them mentally ready, I often say "new ball" because we have to have short term memory, we're physically there and now it's just about being mentally ready," said Joyner.
The Saints will be in action again on Thursday when they host rival Goldsboro for the second time in as many weeks. Match is set to begin at 5 p.m.