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PHCC Volleyball sweeps final home games

October 19, 2015

BY CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College has already had a stellar inaugural season, and they added to that with two more wins on Saturday in a doubleheader over Vance Granville in three sets apiece. The Patriots improved to 14-6 on the year and 7-1 at home.

At the start of the first game, the Patriots found themselves down 6-1 early, but that would be the biggest deficit they would find themselves in all day. They battled back to make it 7-4, and tied it up after four straight serves from Jasmyn Carter.

The lead would grow from there. Mikayla Holland started serving with the lead at 15-13, and seven serves later, including an ace and two blocks from Janika Hunt, the Patriots had gained a sizable 22-13 lead before winning the first set 25-15.

The second and third sets were much easier for the Patriots, as they never let the Vanguards get within three points in the second set. They won both the second and third sets 25-16 for the game one victory.

The second game was a closer affair for both squads. The score was tied 9-9 in the first game when Brooke Leach had a kill to give the Patriots the lead. Each team continued to trade points, with neither getting more than two points up. It was 12-12 when Leach began serving. When she was done the Patriots had jumped out to a 20-12 lead, and they would continue to roll to win 25-13.

Another close game in the second match still saw Patrick Henry win 25-22 and they completed the sweet with a 25-12 win in the final game.

“They’re a really good team. They only had six here. I think they’re injury laden but they’re a very good team,” Patriots head coach Kelly Proffitt said of Vance Granville. “We struggled a little bit passing today and that affected our offense but we were able to pull them out just I think out of sheer will.”

The wins sealed the No. 1 seed in the Region X tournament for the Patriots no matter the outcome of Tuesday’s season finale at Davidson Community College. Patrick Henry finished their first season with only one loss at home. Proffitt said part of the reason is the fact that most of their home games were against Region X opponents, while on the road they’ve faced bigger Division II junior college.

“I think they’re comfortable here. We’ve got some support. Some of the students come out and support us and the parents are all here and that makes a big difference, I think,” she said.

As far as getting the No. 1 seed in the tournament just a few months after starting a team, Proffitt said that was never something she could have imagined.

“I was not expecting it but we’re pumped,” Proffitt said. “We just went in and worked hard and tried to keep our team together as far as trying to keep the girls grounded and working hard and practicing. We’ve tried to keep them injury free. We’re just focusing on one game at a time.”

The Patriots will travel to Davidson Community College for the final game of the season Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Region X tournament begins Friday at noon at Sandhills Community College.

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