Apex volleyball takes down Leesville, 3-1

Posted August 16

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— Apex volleyball takes down Leesville, 3-1

Apex volleyball defeated Leesville, 3-1, Wednesday evening in its season opener at Green Level High School, the Cougars’ temporary home.

The Cougars will be at Green Level for the next two years while the school’s old building is reconstructed on Laura Duncan Road in Apex.

“These kids are ecstatic about having a brand-new facility and all the things that come with having a new building,” said Apex head coach Michael Webster. “It’s not really our home-home, but it’s our home for two years and we’re excited about that.”

Apex and Leesville battled back-and-forth in the first set, but the Cougars were able to pull away for the victory. The Pride clawed its way back toward the end of the frame, but Apex closed the set on a 4-2 run to seal it, 25-20.

The Pride fell down early in the second set and wasn’t able to recover. Leesville cut the Apex lead to three points late in the set but finished with a 5-6 showing over the final 11 points, losing the set 25-19 to the Cougars.

Leesville finally got on the board with a win in the third frame to hold off the straight-set sweep. The Pride jumped out to a 5-2 lead but quickly gave up the lead with a 4-0 Cougar run. Leesville fought to a 23-20 lead, but the Cougars once again answered with a 3-0 run to knot the score after a timeout.

But it was Leesville that finished with a 2-0 run to take the set, 25-23.

“We did a god job of coming back, but I think we ran out of energy there for a little bit,” Webster said. “We’re excited about what we’re doing, but clearly have a way to go if we want to get to where we want to be ultimately.”

In the fourth set it was Apex that jumped out to a quick lead, with­­­­ a 8-3 start. But like Apex in the third, Leesville used a 5-0 run to tie the score, this time at 8-8.

The teams traded points back-and-forth, ultimately forcing Webster to use a timeout with the Cougars up 19-18.

“We just talked about making better choices about where we play that third contact,” Webster said. “We weren’t going to go away and swing, but make sure we’re making good choices.”

Out of the timeout, Apex used a 6-2 run the rest of the way to win the set, 25-20, and claim the match.

Apex will return to action Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Panther Creek in Cary. Leesville is slated to host Apex Friendship Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.


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