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While the Rams football team was still preparing for its first game, several other Rolesville High teams were getting their first taste of regular-season competition.
The first were the schools volleyball teams, which hosted Wake Forest High last Monday.
The building still smelled of fresh paint, and some corners of the school were yet to be unpacked, but echoes of sneakers squeaking could be heard throughout the halls.
More than 100 people attended the first regular-season match held at the school as the Rams players got used to their new red, black and white jerseys.
The varsity volleyball team, composed of freshmen and sophomores like all of Rolesville High and its teams, was swept by the more experienced Cougars.
Wake Forest won the first game 25-9, but Rolesville gave more of a fight in the second game. The Rams jumped out to a 6-2 lead before eventually falling 25-20. The Cougars won the final game 25-16.
Obviously Wake Forest is older than us, and you can tell that, but Im encouraged, volleyball coach Tosha Pullen said of her team of eight freshmen and three sophomores.
Several of the Rams players are new to competitive volleyball. Freshman Kendall Harris has played the sport for two years.
People expect us to be the bottom of the food chain, so you hope to prove them wrong, she said.
The Rams will field JV and varsity teams in all fall sports except soccer and football, athletics director Tommy Moore said.
The football team will field only a JV squad this year, and the soccer program will only compete at the varsity level, as there was not enough player interest to field two teams.
Weve had good turnout for all of our teams, Moore said. Weve got good support, and I think that will improve as school lets inul, just a good group of people.