• 41°

Prep volleyball: Carson 3, South 0

By Mike London
mlondon@salisburypost.com
LANDIS ó Carson’s volleyball team won for the first time ever against South Rowan on Tuesday in a congested, rowdy South gym, but this one was more about where the Cougars are headed than where they’ve been.
Carson hitters Jennifer Hough, Amber Ingraham, Breckin Settlemyer and Allison Blackwell ruled the net, hustling libero Sarah Marshall sparked the defense, and Marissa Sellers had a great day serving.
For the blue-clad Carson girls, nine of them seniors, there was satisfaction in a relatively easy 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 win over the school’s biggest rival in everything, but no somersaults or cartwheels were turned.
“Yeah, we were hungry for it and wanted it, and it does feel good to beat South, but we want to beat everybody,” senior Jennifer Hough said. “This is just one more marked off the list. Now it’s on to the next one.”
Carson volleyball has become quite a story because the Cougars (11-1, 4-1 NPC) have never had a team win so frequently in any sport and they’ve never made the state playoffs in volleyball.
South (8-4, 1-3) has owned the county’s elite program lately and is just one year removed from a 16-5 record, the finest in school history.
But this was Carson’s day. South never got it going.
“We didn’t show up,” said disappointed South senior Kayla Morrow. “I really think we have as much talent as anyone in the conference, but we’re not showing it on the court like we should be. It’s in us, but we’ve got to find it. We’ve got to walk the walk. Today, we didn’t.”
New Carson coach Kelan Rogers, who built a CCC dynasty at West Davidson, watched his team get off to a rocky start in Game 1.
“Both teams started slow,” he said. “It was like both teams were trying to see who could give the most points away. We responded and got it together faster than they did and came out on top. There were times it was very even, nip and tuck.”
Rogers wasn’t worried about the rivalry. He was on the same page as Hough.
“Really, this is just one more win and one more conference win,” Rogers said. “We want to win all of them, not just beat teams that are supposed to be our rivals.”
The broad white sheet on one of the back walls that silently screamed “Crush those Cougars” alluded to a serious rivalry, but Carson just had too many people scoring from too many places for South to keep pace.
In Game 2, Morrow had five kills, but that was offset by Taylor Whitley’s sets that led to four kills by Hough and three each by Ingraham, Settlemyer and Blackwell.
“We did start bad, but with that crowd today we were able to keep up our energy and intensity,” Ingraham said. “As the match went on, we were playing better and better.”
Hough is about 5-foot-4. Players her height are usually back-row specialists, but she leaps well enough to play at the net. She had two emotional kills in Game 3 as Carson built a lead and half the crowd, the half wearing orange and blue, got louder.
South fought back as close as 14-12, but a block by Settlemyer and a kill by Shanna Stewart turned momentum Carson’s way one last time.
A kill by Blackwell, a freshman, made it 20-16. Ingraham had a kill for 22-17. Then it was Blackwell again for 23-17, as Rogers punched the air. A kill by Ingraham gave the Cougars a 24-17 lead. Then the game and match ended when the Raiders missed a serve.
Morrow and Amber Waldroup led South in kills.
Morrow expects to give a verbal commitment to Lenoir-Rhyne on Monday.
“Morrow is special, but we didn’t gameplan anything for her,” Rogers said. “Right now we have to take care of what we can do and not worry about what other teams can do.”
South coach Jan Dowling said the Cougars are doing a lot of things right.
“Carson played a terrific match today,” she said. “I was impressed to see how well they played as a unit, not as individuals.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

Local

Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 26

Crime

Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program