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WAKE FOREST — After starting the season 0-2, Heritage’s volleyball team bounced back in a big way with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-14, 25-21) victory over Millbrook in their home opener Aug. 21.

The Huskies lost to Millbrook 3-2 in last year’s season opener. Heritage exacted revenge on the Wildcats with their first win of the season. Previously, Heritage lost to Cleveland and Conley on the road Aug. 19 and 20 respectively. Heritage head coach Jessica Furlough said this win is a big burden lifted off the team’s chest.

“Losing to Millbrook 3-2 last year was embarrassing,” Furlough said. “It was good to get our first win of the season against them. It’s good to come out and get that home victory off the bat.”

Heritage had a hot streak going early against Millbrook. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the match to take a commanding lead. Millbrook clawed their way in and eventually cut the deficit to 17-11. From there, Heritage outscored Millbrook 8-7 and the back-and-forth scoring gave them a 25-18 win for the first set.

In the second set, Heritage looked to be in control again with a 14-6 advantage to start the game. However, Millbrook took their first lead of the night at 19-18. Both teams traded points from there and no one could get a run going. Finally, Millbrook scored the final two points of the set to win 27-25.

In the third set, Heritage got back on track with a 5-0 start and then pushed their lead to double-digits at 13-3. The Huskies cruised to victory from there with a score of 25-14.

In the fourth set, Heritage started out 7-0 and went ahead as much as 19-6. A few backups got some playing time and Millbrook used that to their advantage to put themselves back in the game. The Huskies held off the Wildcats just enough to get the close 25-21 victory and won the match 3-1.

“We did some things right in that second set and it was a close set,” Furlough said. “We missed some crucial serves in the second set. We didn’t miss as many serves in the third and fourth set. I’m glad the girls adjusted later in the match.”

With the win, Heritage improved to 1-2 overall. Furlough said the girls are starting to find their rhythm early in the season. She hopes the players can continue to improve and get better with experience.

“Our two losses were against really good teams,” Furlough said. “We’ve been really competitive. We were playing too safe in the past two matches. The girls came out tonight and put the ball away. We’ve played really well and have gotten a lot out of it so far this season.”

Heritage will play a rematch at Millbrook on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Huskies will be back at home the following day when they take on Athens Drive at 5:30 p.m.