By VAN HOLLAND
Tarboro made quick work of the Rocky Mount Prep Jaguars Tuesday in part to a solid team performance, but also stellar performances from Jasmine White and Nyasha Savage. The match lasted just 52 minutes as Tarboro won three straight sets. The win is the third in the conference for the Vikings and the second against the Jaguars.
"A win is good for us right now," Tarboro coach Jamie WIlloughby said. "We have struggled some and after losing to Beddingfield Monday and to rebound off of that and play like we did is big for us."
Tarboro didn't have trouble getting their serves in as they have in the past. They were also able to use White at the net effectively. She had 18 spikes through the three sets and added five service points. The Jaguars didn't have an answer for her at the net. She dominated the nets and blasted shots past the Jaguars that they couldn't get a hand on.
"Jasmine's height and size can give people problems at the net," Willoughyby said. "She is so long and she can take advantage of it and get a lot of tips and spikes on balls. We have been trying to set her up more and she did a good job today with getting her spikes in."
Savage single-handily took over the first set after Tarboro trailed the Jaguars 5-3. Savage changed the momentum of the set and the entire match from that point on when she reeled off 20 straight service points before the Jaguars were able to win another point. Tarboro broke the Jaguars serve after White added a spike and the Vikings won the first set 25-11.
"I was glad to see Nyasha get her serves in," Willoughby said. "She didn't play last Thursday because her shoulder was bothering her. I didn't know how it would effect her today, but she showed it didn't by her performance."
Tarboro started off strong in the second set. Jerricka Shaw added three service points and White added two spikes and three service points to give Tarboro the 8-4 lead, but the Jaguars made a small comeback. They added seven straight points before Tarboro broke their serve on a Savage spike. Tarboro regained control and Kierra Boddie reeled off nine consecutive service points and helped lead Tarboro to the 25-15 win.
"We didn't have as many service errors as we have been in the past,' Willoughby said. "That helped us be able to keep the intensity up which was good."
In the third set, Savage went to work again adding 10 service points while White added five more spikes.
Willoughby was impressed with the win and hopes it springboards them into a winning momentum to keep their season alive heading down the stretch of the season.
"Instead of trashing our season, maybe we can play and compete against our conference opponents," Willoughby said. "Hopefully we can take this momentum into the next match Thursday at Riverside and then on from there heading into the conference tournaments."