By VAN HOLLAND
LEGGETT – North Edgecombe won points at the net, had good communication and cut way back on bad service errors Tuesday. All three of those categories fell into play when they defeated the Tarboro Vikings in straight sets, 3-0, in Two Rivers Conference action.
Tarboro led just once in the first set and trailed the remainder of time in each set after giving up that lead. North Edgecombe never looked back and controlled the tempo after gaining the early lead back.
"I told them before they took the floor that if they wanted to win then they had to step up their game," Warriors coach Marion King said. "I told them I knew they were a much better team then what they had showed me the last three matches. I just wanted them to play their game and they did."
Marquisha Tucker and Brittany Blackwell were the two main contributing factors and leaders for the Warriors. Tucker was all over the place at the net. She was spiking and tipping balls back to win points and Blackwell was sitting on cruise control while serving up points and setting up her teammates to win points at the net. In the third set she scored nine straight service points and put the set away early on for her team.
Marquisha and Brittany are our leaders and our pace setters," King said. "They play all over the floor for us and keep the team going."
King said before the match, she told Tucker and Blackwell that if they wanted to be leaders then they needed to step up against Tarboro and do it, because she knew the match was going to be a big win if they could get it.
Tarboro had trouble scoring points on serves. They couldn't get the ball across the net on serves, which gave the Warriors another advantage.
Tarboro did have a bright spot, Jasmine White. She led the Vikings in tips – with four, spikes – with six and had eight service points.
After taking the early lead in the first set, Tarboro found itself playing catchup every set from then on. They couldn't find a way to rally back even after coach Jamie WIlloughby wasted numerous timeouts in each set.
"They (North Edgecombe) outplayed us in all three sets today," Willoughby said. "We didn't play like we are capable of playing. We came out sluggish and played that way the entire time. They hustled the entire time and they deserved to win today's match."
Tarboro has had problems communicating and Willoughby said that was typical, because when they get down and get frustrated, they stop talking. She said that leads to service errors and bad passes.
"It is just a trickle down effect for us when we get down," Willoughby said. "We haven't realized those things just yet. So until we do, then we will have more issues."