RALEIGH — Sanderson started the second half of girls’ volleyball conference play Thursday just as the Spartans began their Cap Eight campaign last month –with a 3-0 win over Wake Forest.
Coach Stephanie Rhodes hopes Sanderson (3-8, 2-6 Cap Eight) can build off that win this time around.
“We’re definitely hopeful going into the second half,” Rhodes said. “We have definitely not played where we want to play this first half, so we’re glad we get another shot at all of the teams – and we’re hoping for some better play.”
The Spartans handily won the first set 25-10, were pushed to the brink in a 26-24 second set and held off a Cougars surge in the third to win 25-16.
The second-set win was a step in the right direction, Rhodes said, as Sanderson has struggled to win close games, particularly in the second set.
“We just need to be consistent,” she said. “We’ve been real up and down all season. We have spurts where we play great, and we have spurts where we just fall apart; so we just need to be consistent.”
While Sanderson struggled to capture wins against other conference opponents, Wake Forest (2-10, 0-8) was still looking for its first Cap Eight win this season.
Head coach Jenna Hinton said the Cougars are focused on developing each day.
“One of the things we try to do is worry about the things we can control, and effort is something that we can control, so we expect to see an all-out effort on every ball,” she said.
“(The key is) every day getting better, every match getting better and realizing that everyone else is doing the same thing in our conference,” Hinton said.
“All of the teams are getting better, but trying to, again, control what we can control. So each individual working on things that they need to work on to get better in practice, taking opportunities in matches to work on those things, and then collectively as a team just trying to improve every day – not focusing on the negative.”