The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 19, 2012

Bulldogs bite Vikings

Sports Correspondent
Van Holland

TARBORO — With inconsistency and numerous mistakes that they were unable to overcome costed the Tarboro Lady Vikings Monday when they hosted the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup.

The Bulldogs walked away with a 3-0 victory and were uncontested most of the match.

"We were inconsistent like it has been all year," Tarboro head coach Jamie Willoughby said. "It can happen in a set or a match or just whenever. We play well for a few points and then we lose it just like that. We just can't be consistent."

The inconsistency is not coming from inexperience according to Willoughby, because most of the players on the team got a lot of playing time last year on the varsity level.

"It is just a puzzle I can't figure out right now," Willoughby said. "We just aren't making the plays that we should."

In the first set, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 16-8 lead, but Tarboro got the serve back after Lisa Jones spiked the ball in the middle of the court to win the point. The advantage didn't stay on the Vikings side long, because after a bad serve the Bulldogs reeled off two more points and took a commanding 19-9 lead. On the next Bulldog serve, Jones again scored after she spiked the ball to give Tarboro the serve back. Once again, the Vikings didn't keep the serve long, because Nash Central scored six straight unanswered points to win the set 25-10.

In the second set Tarboro hung in the match and played with the Bulldogs. Trailing 8-3 Kharlil Perry scored a point for the Vikings after she came up with a big spike. Perry scored three more points to cut the lead to one at 8-7 before the Bulldogs broke the serve. After a bad serve by Nash Central, Quadasha Ruffin scored a point on serve before it was broke by the Bulldogs. Both teams traded points until Tarboro scored three straight points and took a 18-15 lead. The lead didn't last long, because Nash Central scored two consecutive points on spikes and then an ace serve tied the game back up at 18-18.The Bulldogs walked away with the match after the Vikings were forced to make three consecutive bad plays in a row and Nash Central took the second set 25-20.

In the third set, Perry scored on three straight serves to cut the Bulldogs lead to 15-12, but after a bad serve by Perry, Nash Central reeled off two more points to extend the lead to five at 17-12. Jones spiked another ball and and Nyasha Savage scored on two straight serves and Tarboro was back in the game at 19-16, but as it was all match the Bulldogs went on a run and scored six consecutive points to seal the match and win the third set 25-16.

Willoughby is hoping a switch will flip on an  the team can figure out what is going wrong.