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Charleston puts away Virginia-Wise in straight sets

Kevin Mays • Sep 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM

WISE — It was all about balance Saturday for Charleston.

The Golden Eagles used 38 kills from four players to take a 3-0 Mountain East Conference volleyball win over Virginia-Wise at the Prior Center.

Jour’ney Powell finished with 10 kills and three blocks and Janeese Vervelde had 10 kills and two blocks in Charleston’s 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 win. Carly Granger added nine kills and 13 digs and Jessica Sunnenberg had nine kills and two blocks for the Golden Eagles.

Charleston (6-9, 2-0) also got 26 assists from Chloe Massaro to aid the front-row attack.

“They moved the ball around pretty well,” Virginia-Wise coach Kristen Salyer said of the Golden Eagles. “They’re definitely a very solid team. I think we did a lot of things well, but I think we still lost focus in important crunch times.”

KEEPING IT CLOSE

Virginia-Wise (3-12, 1-3) kept the score close in each set, but when the Cavaliers gained a lead or tied the score, Charleston seemed to find another gear to kick in and regain control.

“I still think we’re very young and I think we still lack a bit of confidence in some of those situations,” Salyer said. “So I think we battled back well. But being ahead or being close, we don’t always have the confidence that we need in those situations to keep building that or put it away. That’s something that we still lack and we know that. We talk about it every day and we just as a coaching staff have to figure out a way to get over that with this team.”

Salyer said she expects her team to improve as experience is gained.

“If you look at our front row right now, we have two sophomores, two freshmen and a senior that’s never hit before. I think a lot of that will come with just a little more experience,” she said. “We’re missing a little bit of leadership out on the floor, especially on the front row. But we’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’re not making excuses about it and we’re going to work to get it done.”

GIBSON LEADS CAVS

Matelyn Gibson, a freshman from Abingdon, led the Cavs’ attack with 11 kills. Madelyn Lawrence, a sophomore, had eight.

Sophomore Makayla Ledford, a Daniel Boone graduate, finished with 28 assists and 12 digs.

UP NEXT

The Cavs are on the road Tuesday for another MEC match at Concord before returning home Thursday for a nonconference match with Bluefield State.

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