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WAKE FOREST — Heritage’s volleyball team captured a dominating win for their seniors against Wakefield 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19) in their last home game of the regular season Tuesday.
The Huskies completed the season sweep over their NAC 6 conference rivals for the second year in a row. Heritage head coach Jessica Furlough said it was an awesome night to celebrate the players who helped win the NAC 6 conference championship last year.
“Half of our team are seniors,” Furlough said. “They’ve been waiting for this night since they were freshmen, so it’s really exciting. Everybody got a chance to play, so they all got to experience a win on the court together. It was a fun and exciting night.”
One of those seniors, Shirita Wells, said there were some mixed feelings playing with her teammates in their last regular season home match together.
“This win is bittersweet for me and the rest of the seniors,” Wells said. “We’re happy that we won, but sad that this will be our last home game in the regular season.”
In the first set, Heritage and Wakefield were tied 5-5 until the Huskies pulled off a 5-0 run to take a 10-5 lead. Heritage held on from there to win 25-16.
In the second set, the Huskies took another 10-5 lead. This time, Heritage played with more poise and extended their advantage to 21-10. The Huskies overwhelmed the Wolverines with a 25-15 victory.
In the third and final set, Heritage started off hot with a 13-4 edge. Wakefield tried to put themselves back in the game with a couple of nice runs. In the end, the Huskies emerged victorious 25-19 after a kill from Heritage senior Sophie Adgate, a fitting end for the squad’s senior night.
“We were very decisive on the court said,” Wells said. “Everybody was playing together as one unit.”
The win over Wakefield should have been a NAC 6 conference championship celebration, but Corinth Holders defeated Wake Forest 3-0 that same night. Since the Huskies lost to the Pirates in their last game 3-2, they will have to beat Knightdale on the road in their final regular season match to win the conference championship for the second year in a row.
“We played uncharacteristic against Corinth Holders,” Furlough said. “We did not play Heritage volleyball. If you don’t play your game, anybody can beat you. The loss was an eye-opener for us. It made the girls hungrier to improve their game for the rest of the season.”
Heritage’s loss to Corinth Holders Oct. 10 broke the consecutive conference win streak for the Huskies. They went undefeated in the conference last year to win the NAC 6 title. Now Heritage has to win out in order to become back-to-back title holders.
“After the loss to Corinth Holders, we knew that we were going to play them again in the playoffs,” Wells said. “If we want to beat them next time, we have to work harder. We’ve all learned a lesson that we have to work harder at practice.”
Heritage will still make the 4A state playoffs no matter what. Furlough said the girls are focusing on how they can get mentally prepared for the turbulent postseason up ahead.
“We just have to play our game from now on,” Furlough said. “We have to control what we do. If we do that, we’ll win games.”