Saints open up season with exhibitions

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The official regular season for Southern Wayne voleyball wasn’t set to kick off until Tuesday, but the Saints got the chance to get some live reps as they battled off against Beddingfield and Wayne County rival Goldsboro in two exhibition matches last week.

In the team’s match against Beddingfield Aug. 14, the score was not kept as it was just an exhibition scrimmage between both schools.

On that same day, however, in an endowment match against the Lady Cougars, the score was being kept and the match was closer than the final tally would show as the Saints lost 3-1 to Goldsboro. Coach Scarlett Joyner said she was pleased with what her team showed against Goldsboro.

“The ball control we have been working on has paid off. We were able to execute attack after attack on the ball and it’s all because they were getting the ball where it needed to be,” Joyner said. “They had a ton of great digs that they were able to transform into an attack rather than a free ball and again, it is because they were doing a great job of controlling the ball.”

The Saints had their regular-season opener on Tuesday, in a home contest against the Hawks of North Lenoir. North Lenoir finished 16-5 last season and second place in their conference so they were set to provide a tough early-season matchup for the Saints.

Joyner talked about what the Saints need to iron out heading into their matchup on Tuesday, saying, “our transitions on and off the net were sloppier than we want to see. Making sure those are more fluid and timed correctly will be our focus so we can increase our blocks and attacks on the ball.”

Southern Wayne will be tested early on this season as the Saints face off against Kinston at home on Wednesday and host Goldsboro on Thursday. All matches will begin at 5 p.m.

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