Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Volleyball Dominates in First Scrimmage

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The Braves cheer on their teammates as they take on the Knights of St. Andrews. PN Photos/Dakota Banks.

Both teams taking a moment to breathe before match play resumes. PN Photos/Dakota Banks.

By: Dakota Banks, Reporter

The Braves volleyball team set the tone for their season winning the first scrimmage of the year against
the St. Andrews Knights.

The scrimmage was held at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court, on Friday August 27, 2021.

Senior Kaila Crowder, now in her fourth season with the Braves, suggest that the comradery among the team is at an all-time high.

“I feel like we mesh well no matter who is out there,” Crowder said.

The Braves attempt to communicate effectively on the court.

Under the instruction of new head coach, Carly Wehling, the Braves are planning to make a strong entrance into the Conference Carolinas this year. The Braves feel like their biggest competitors in the new conference are North Greenville, King, and Emmanuel.

The team treats each other like family, pushing each other to do better, and that was seen throughout the game.

A lot of support was also shown by UNCP’s baseball and basketball teams, spotted in the bleachers.

During the game, the Braves’ strongest points were being able to set, pass, and communicate efficiently to get multiple kills. Multiple players said they felt their blocking was stronger now compared to last season. When competing, it has been said the coach has trained the team so well, it’s not a hard decision on who to substitute next.

The Braves led the Peach Belt Conference in blocks last season and Brianna Warren finished third in the nation in blocks per set, averaging 1.59.

“I want to be top in the conference again,” Warren said.

The Braves are currently on a two-game win streak and have 4-2 overall record.

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