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‘Cats cap winning volleyball season

The North Davie varsity volleyball team secured its first winning season in seven years by holding off Wesleyan Christian Academy at home on Dec. 15.

The final match of the season left the Wildcats at 5-3, the first winning mark since Trish King’s team went 10-4 in 2013. They suffered through a severe dry spell after that, going 18-52 from 2014-19.

The scores against the Trojans were 25-17, 21-25, 15-8. King was back on the sideline after getting quarantined and missing two matches.

“I’m glad I was able to be back for the last match,” she said. “It was a great way to end the season.”

Hanna Steinour, Mia Clemo and Raelyn Lankford were the driving forces.

“Hanna had her best match of the season,” King said. “She played great at the net with strong and soft hits, placing the ball in the holes on the other side. She also had several crucial digs from the back row.

“Mia’s serving was strong and consistent. She too played well at the net.

“Raelyn played well setting the ball to our strong hitters and dumping the ball over the net, catching Wesleyan off guard.”

The other team members were Carleigh Croom, Kaylee Lynch, Kasie McClannon, Cecelia Pitcher, Riley Potts and Quinn Smeeton.

“It was the little things we did that won the match for us,” she said. “Being in the right place, calling the ball and getting our serves over, those are the things that win your matches. It takes the whole team and these girls got it done.”