With Thursday's 3-0 victory over Sanderson, sophomore Kylie Sicking and the Wakefield volleyball team recored its fourth straight-set win. The Lady Wolverines are 16-0 this season.
Wakefield volleyball notches 16th-straight victory Thursday
Few people would blame the Wakefield volleyball team if complacency set in.
The Lady Wolverines have been on a tear since the beginning of the season, winning their first 16 games, including Thursday's 3-0 win (25-18, 25-21, 25-9) over Sanderson.
And the matches haven't been that close as Wakefield has recorded straight-set wins in seven of its last eight games.
But the unbeaten squad hasn't lost its concentration — and with a Cap-7 Conference title in sight — the Lady Wolverines aren't willing to give up a single set — let alone an actual contest.
Members of the Sanderson volleyball team celebrate a
point during Tuesday's 3-1 win over rival Millbrook.
Sanderson volleyball downs Millbrook
In the first set of Tuesday's volleyball match between Sanderson and Millbrook, the Lady Wildcats dictated the pace from the start, jumping out 13-4 and looked likely to lock up an early win.
But the Lady Spartans marched back steadily, got within striking distance, and Rebecca Sawyer finished off the comeback, serving the set's last six points and sealing a 25-23 victory.
The Lady Spartans' come-from-behind effort sparked a 3-1 match win, though Millbrook made Sanderson earn every point in the tightly-contested contest.
Prior to the start of Monday's contest against Southeast Raleigh, members of the Sanderson volleyball team huddled up and gave a spirited cheer.
SHS volleyball spikes SE Raleigh
Consider Sanderson volleyball team's 3-0 victory over Southeast Raleigh Monday the Lady Spartans' next step in a season-long journey.
While they aren't yet a finished product, the Lady Spartans were more than capable of eluding the Bulldogs, winning 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.
"We played a little better tonight than we have been, but we are still fighting to be consistent through a whole match," said first-year head coach Stephanie Rhodes. "That's our goal, and that's what we have to do."
Sanderson volleyball surging
Sanderson seniors Virginia Fitch and Sophie Palles believe this is the year the Lady Spartans' volleyball program finally turns heads in the Cap-7 Conference.
Click here to read what the duo had to say.
Spartans set high expectations
If the Sanderson volleyball team can reach its expectations this fall — mounting an impressive playoff run — the Lady Spartans' first step toward achieving that goal actually began three years ago.
It was Sophie Palles and Virginia Fitch's freshman year, and the duo were on opposite ends of the volleyball spectrum.
Palles, already a solid player as a ninth-grader, made the Lady Spartans' varsity squad. On the other hand, Fitch, a newcomer to the sport, was taking her lumps on jayvee.
Three years later, after an admittedly up-and-down stretch for Sanderson, Palles and Fitch are confident this athletic group is ready to contend in the Cap-7 Conference.