Overhills played host to Western Harnett for an in-county volleyball matchup, highlighting a busy sports night for area schools.
SPRING LAKE — After a back-and-forth match between Western Harnett and Overhills, it was the visiting Lady Eagles that finished the job in five sets.
Set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16 and 17-15.
Set one was all Overhills. Set four was all Western Harnett.
The other three sets were more competitive with each side going back and forth.
After leading by three, 12-9, in the final set, it appeared Overhills was about to get its first win of the season.
Western Harnett had other plans.
“We have good offensive players, so when we get them swinging and playing good, it fires up the team and we play better all around,” Western Harnett coach Hallie Hales said.
It was tied at 15 in the final set, and that’s when the Lady Eagles took advantage of a service error to go up by one.
Then, the Lady Eagles secured the win thanks to a communication error by the Lady Jaguars.
“It was definitely a competitive game, bringing back this rivalry,” Overhills coach Ashton Weaver said.
“We played our hearts out, but unfortunately didn’t get the win.”
There were multiple standout players for Western Harnett.
Seniors Tristan Stewart and Makenyia Mackey combined for over 25 kills.
A lot of things went against the Lady Eagles coming into the game. They had to be quarantined because of COVID-19 protocols.
They only had Friday of last week and this Monday to practice. Then, they lost to Terry Sanford Tuesday night before coming to Overhills.
“It definitely was a disadvantage being out for two weeks, and playing back to back was hard,” Hales said.
"There wasn’t much time to make adjustments."
Neither team gets much rest as Western Harnett's (2-6, 2-2 AAC) All American Conference road trip continues Thursday at Harnett Central, while Overhills (0-6, 0-5, AAC) will try to get its first win at Terry Sanford.
South Johnston celebrated senior night with a straight-sets win over Smithfield-Selma on Wednesday.
Set scores were 25-14, 25-15 and 25-23.
The victory follows Tuesday's battle with Quad County 3A Conference rival West Johnston, which ended in a 3-2 loss.
South (8-6, 5-3 QCC) travels to league opponent Fike Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Dallin Durrett is a sports correspondent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.