Goldsboro Volleyball

Goldsboro’s Doris Ajagbe reaches for the ball as she tries to earn a kill against Princeton.

The Princeton Bulldogs defeated the Goldsboro Cougars in three straight sets Thursday night in a match that was much closer than the score showed.

The first set was the closest set of the night, and it was one where neither team was able to take a sizable lead over the other.

The Bulldogs and the Cougars found their way at the net gaining kill after kill. For Goldsboro, it was Hallie Brown who led them at the net, and for Princeton it was Alaina Johnson.

Goldsboro looked like they could finally be the team to win the first set when they claimed a 28-27 lead, and that meant they would just need to hold serve to claim the set. Princeton, however, stepped up when they needed to and broke serve to tie the game at 28-28.

The Bulldogs went on to win both of their serve points in order to pull out the incredibly close set 30-28.

Just like the first set, neither team could pull ahead of the other, and just when the Bulldogs looked like they might pull ahead with an 11-8 lead, Goldsboro broke serve. After the break of serve, Brown stepped up to serve for the Cougars, and with the help of her teammates she was able to give the Cougars a 12-11 lead.

Princeton immediately reclaimed the lead though at 14-12, and never looked back. Even though the set remained close, Goldsboro was never able to retake the lead in the set, and Princeton went on to win the second set 25-22.

In the third and final set of the match, Goldsboro’s energy level dropped off, and they seemed to have trouble getting over back-to-back losses in close sets. They fell behind early to Princeton, and were never able to catch up.

Princeton won the third set by a sizable margin at 25-14.

“We have been working on our serving, and our serving tonight was a bonus for us,” Princeton head coach Paige Renfrow said. “I was telling them where to put the ball, and they put it spot on.

“Goldsboro tonight struggled with serving. It was almost every other serve (that went out of play) and (serving was not something) that was our downfall.”

With the win, Princeton improves to 2-7 overall and 2-0 in the Neuse Six 2A conference. With the loss, Goldsboro falls to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the Neuse Six 2A conference.

Princeton will take on Spring Creek on Tuesday in Seven Springs at 4 p.m.

Goldsboro also plays on Tuesday, and they will take on North Johnston in Kenly at 6 p.m.