PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons defeated the Goldsboro Cougars in five sets on Thursday night in an amazing comeback victory after trailing by two sets.
The first set started off with Goldsboro taking an early 17-11 lead. The Cougars were able to get off to such a strong start with incredible play from Hallie Brown who was set up by her teammates for kill after kill.
After jumping ahead with an early lead, Goldsboro went on to win eight of the next 11 points to win the set by a score of 25-14.
The second set for Goldsboro started off the way the first set ended with Goldsboro continuing to dominate at the net with help from Brown.
The Cougars jumped out to a 20-8 lead, and it looked as though they would once again take a set over the Golden Falcons with ease. Charles B. Aycock however did not give up on the set, and they came soaring back to cut the lead of the Cougars to five points with score at 22-17.
Their early deficit was too much to overcome, though, and Goldsboro held on to win the set 25-20.
Even though Charles B. Aycock lost the second set, their late comeback gave them confidence going into the third set.
The third set was arguably the best one of the match, with both teams battling back and forth. Neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead until the Golden Falcons held the first three-point lead of the set with the score at 20-17.
Aycock was able to grow the lead that they gained toward the end of the set, and they took the third set 25-18.
After winning the third set, Charles B. Aycock was able to use the shift in momentum to take control of the fourth set. The Golden Falcons jumped out to 17-7 lead, and never looked back as they were able to take the fourth set 25-13.
With Goldsboro winning the first two sets and Charles B. Aycock winning the next two, it all came down to a 15-point fifth set to decide the winner.
The set started off as an evenly matched contest with both teams having trouble holding serve.
The difference-maker for Charles B. Aycock in the fifth set was Alora Stanton who with Aycock trailing 8-10 was able to win six straight points on serve. This gave the Golden Falcons a 14-10 lead, and meant that they only needed one more point to win the match.
They were able to get the point they needed, and the Golden Falcons won the fifth set 15-12, and the match three sets to two.
Charles B. Aycock head coach Jordyn McGhee said her team was able to come back after trailing two sets to zero because they were doing a better job of communicating with each other.
“They decided they wanted it,” McGhee said. “It came down to us winning this set and moving on, or losing it and us taking our first loss this season. They started to work as a team, and they started talking to each other.
“They started figuring out what worked and what didn’t, and they made the adjustments.”
With the win, Charles B. Aycock improves to 3-0 for the season with all their matches coming from out of conference play. Goldsboro falls to 1-1 with the Cougars also yet to face a conference opponent this season.
The Golden Falcons will take on Neuse Charter in Smithfield on Monday.