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Volleyball serves up five opening wins

TUES. | 12-15-20 | SPORTS

     High school sports are finally returning after being cancelled last March due to COVID-19. The first sports to begin official practice were cross-country and volleyball on Wednesday Nov. 4. Practices have been different this year due to different restrictions put into place by the North Carolina High School Athletics Association (NCHSAA).

     High school athletes and coaches are required to wear face coverings while participating in indoor skill


development sessions and practices. Volleyball players must do so for games as well as practices. 

     The NCHSAA developed these guidelines after consultation with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the NCHSAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

     The Rose varsity volleyball team had a few weeks of practice to get used to all COVID-19 regulations and to playing with their new teammates  before their first match. The team opened their season on Tuesday Nov. 17 at New Bern and won 3-1. Rose won the first two sets and lost the third set 25-21, before closing the fourth set with a 25-19 victory.

     The next match was on Monday Nov. 23 against rival D.H. Conley. Rose was defeated in all three sets in a disappointing loss to their crosstown rivals. 

     After coming off a tough loss, Rose bounced back and defeated C.B. Aycock in a conference match in just three sets. Rose won the first set 25-17, won the second set 25-10 and snuck past the Golden Falcons in the third set with a score of 25-20.

     On Tuesday December 1, Rose took down Eastern Wayne at home in three sets. The Rampants showed up to play and got big contributions from sophomores Anna Bayes and Amelia Taft. This secured their third win of the season.

     On Thursday December 3, Rose played the defending conference champs South Central and an in town rival.  Led by strong performances from senior Tate Duke and sophomore Helen Williford, Rose defeated South Central in all three sets to capture the victory and notch their fourth win of the season.

     On Tuesday Dec. 8, Rose easily defeated Southern Wayne. Strong performances from Mikiya Corey and Grayson Norwood helped Rose secure the quick victory in only three sets.  

     Rose coaches and players are thankful to be able to play, despite the restrictions they are facing and are working hard to improve each day they get to practice and play.  

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