Voyager Academy Volleyball team lost on the road against non-conference opponent Durham School of the Arts by a score of 3 - 0 Sets (23 - 25; 19 - 25; 19 - 25).
Game scores can often be deceiving, and that was clearly the case with this match-up. The game was actually much closer the score indicated and could have easily and realistically gone in the Vikings favor based upon two or three reachable swing points. And, although the magic definitely alluded the Lady Vikings on this evening, they still had there chances to capture each set and walk away victorious. Maybe the miraculous team was "gased and fatigued" from a grueling duel the previous night, or just down right "mama told me they'll be days like this", but undoubtedly something was amiss on this night.
Despite being ahead in every set against the vastly improved Lady Bulldogs who had narrowly lost in five sets to common opponent Northern H. S. the previous day, Voyager's troops could never flick the switch to jump start the engine and sustain their ever present "Mojo". Erriely, even the opposing team sensed they could be overtaken and blitzed at any time by the Vikings had they cranked their high power vessel and placed the gear in hyperdrive.
The evening actually began with encouraging signs for Voyager. Their three "Wounded Warriors were all dressed in full Viking red uniform regalia, took part in warm-up drills, and looked ready to hit the floor to test run the body parts. Voyager jumped out to an early lead in typical Viking form, and maintained it until the score was 12 - 9. When you thought to yourself "here they go, their about to blitz this team", Voyager would blow a gasket to thwart their own team momentum and ultimate success, a scenario that would continually repeat itself throughout the match.
The two teams found themselves deadlocked at 23 each by the end of the first set. DSA then closed the set door with two consecutive points both obtained by Viking unforced errors. Set 2 was almost a carbon copy although this time the DSA Bulldogs went on an uninterrupted service run, and VAHS found themselves down seven points midway in the set. The deficit spiraled as Voyager was unable to match-up with the Bulldog's middle hitters with the on-court lineup for the Vikings. The outgunned and visibly frustrated Lady Vikings weren't able to dig out the now fairly deep hole even though they were able to carve into the insurmountable DSA lead.
Down two sets, the visiting Voyager fans held the breathe waiting for the Vikings to click that infamous comeback tab, but on this day the motor continued to sputter. The Vikings did get to briefly view the return to action of Kamryn Boyce (MB) during the third set. Although her too little, too late presence on the court couldn't curtail the inevitable but at least the test results for her previously injured ankle proved positive, a welcomed relief for her and the team. The other two dinged warriors remained sidelined.
For most of the game, the Lady Vikings seemed to lack energy, and did not displaying the multi-directional relentless attack mode that has become their trademark. The Lady Bulldogs controlled the middle, played at a feverish pace and communicated among themselves with an elevated volume on the floor that coaches cherish. The out-of-step Vikings on the other hand were more subdued and cerebral. The Vikings committed far too many service attempt errors, along with numerous other uncharacteristic errors to include touching balls obviously headed out-of-bounds; and more so than not, watched their opponents balls hit the floor or pass within nearby reach. The team's mounting unforced errors lead to the debilitating results ultimately costing the Vikings another notch on their victory belt.
Katie McLamb (6 kills, 17 digs) received "Player of the Game", while Caitlin Leggett ended with 2 kills, and 15 digs). Zarria Bratts and Ashlyn Annis each added 13 digs apiece, while Setter Kaley Stone dished-out 17 assist running the offense, to go along with her 16 digs.
Voyager Academy (5 - 3 record) face their archrival Roxboro Community School at home on Wednesday, 8/30/17. Game time is 6 pm.