The Eastern Wayne Warriors defeated the Kinston Vikings three sets to one on Saturday afternoon.
The first set started off in Kinston’s favor where the team took an early 8-1 lead.
Eastern Wayne battled back and was able to tie the score at 18-18. After the Warriors evened up the score at 18-18, the rest of the set was a back-and-forth battle, with each team struggling to jump out in front of the other.
With the score tied up at 26-26, the Warriors were able to win the next points and take the first set by a score of 28-26.
The Warriors used the moment from the end of the first set to take a 19-12 lead in the second set. One reason the Warriors were able to take the lead was because of Ta’Honny Exum, who was able to keep the ball on the other side of the net, and her teammates did a good at setting her up for kills.
After trailing by seven points, the Vikings battled back and tied the score up at 22-22. The Warriors were unable to get back on serve again in the set, and the Vikings won the second set 25-22.
The third set started off as another battle with neither team able to take control of the game. After 28 points played, the score was 14-14, and neither team had been able to take more than a three-point lead throughout the set. At 14-14, Exum, who had already had a great match at the net, stepped up to serve. She proved to be the difference-maker for the Warriors in the set, as the team won eight straight points with her serving to take a 22-14 lead.
After taking an eight-point lead, Eastern Wayne was able to hold on to win the set 25-16, and take a two sets to one lead.
The fourth set was the only set in which one team was able to totally dominate throughout. That team was Eastern Wayne, which after controlling the end of the third set, dominated the entirety of the fourth set to win at 25-11. By winning the fourth set, the Warriors won the match by a score of three sets to one.
Eastern Wayne head coach Stephen Gross said that players staying in their positions was a big reason why they were able to have success throughout the match.
“They stayed on the blocks to slow down that back row when they are hitting the ball,” Gross said.
With the win, Eastern Wayne improves to 1-2 overall this season, with all their games coming out of conference.
Eastern Wayne plays Southern Wayne next on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Dudley.