East Wake Academy volleyball one win away from .500

From Staff ReportsSeptember 19, 2013 

— The East Wake Academy volleyball team went 2-1 in its last three outings, leaving the Eagles’ record at 5-6 overall, 1-4 North Central Athletic 1A Conference.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the team hosted Voyager Charter School and was swept away by the Vikings.

Voyager took a commanding lead in the first set and the Eagles never recovered, losing the opening round 25-11.

The Eagles struggled to return the well-executed service game of the Vikings in the 25-5 second set. East Wake Academy improved on defense but was unable to gain control as the visitors won the final frame 25-14.

The polar opposite took place just one day before as the Eagles hosted Hobgood Academy and soared in a 3-0 win.

After a strong showing, 25-18, in the first set and with the intensity rising in the East Wake Academy gym, the Eagles held on to win the second set 25-21. They put the match away with a 25-19 third game dominated by freshmen Shakayla Ellis and McKenzie Alford.

On Sept. 13, East Wake Academy traveled to Durham to face Research Triangle Charter School and returned home with a 3-1 victory.

The Eagles came out flat in game one and were stunned by the Raptors, 25-18. After making a few adjustments, the Eagles began to work as a unit and took the next three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-15.

Leading East Wake Academy against the Raptors were Ellis (five aces, two kills, one block), Liz Garret (six kills, four blocks) and Sarah Jefferies (six kills, five aces, one block).

East Wake Academy has been on break from competition since Tuesday’s contest against Voyager. The Eagles return to action this Tuesday, Sept. 24, when they will travel to Graham to take on River Mill Academy at 6 p.m.

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