Broughton sweeps Leesville, clinches share of Cap 8 title
Posted October 13, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — With a sweep of Leesville Road on Tuesday night, Broughton's volleyball team clinched at least a share of the Cap 8 Conference title.
Broughton defeated the Pride in three sets 25-18, 25-13, 25-17, but head coach Jim Freeman said his Capitals didn't play as well as he had hoped.
"They tried to get hands up on our attackers a lot, they changed their offense – they went to a two-center offense so they always had their big blockers on the outside," Freeman said. "We just didn't play as clean as I would have liked. Way too many tips went down, it was frustrating. They're a really good team, they put a lot of pressure on you, they dig up a lot of balls. They're a tough bunch to beat."
The first set started close. Broughton led Leesville Road 10-8 before the Caps went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 15-8. Broughton never looked back either, leading by at least five points the rest of the set before claiming the 25-18 win.
Things continued going the right way for the Caps in the second set. Broughton scored five of the first six points and eventually built a 17-7 lead before cruising to a 25-13 victory.
Leesville Road had its back to the wall in the third set, and the Pride responded well.
The Pride built a 4-1 lead to start the third set, but Broughton climbed back and took its first lead of the set at 6-5.
"You could tell they were charged up, and we didn't respond all that great," said Freeman.
Leesville wouldn't go away. There were seven ties, seven lead changes, and two Broughton timeouts in the third set before Broughton finally took control. With the set tied at 11-11, Broughton scored three straight points to take a 14-11 advantage and never trailed again.
"We had to kind of claw our way back into it, that's why I burnt both of my timeouts," said Freeman. "One thing I said, 'Stop worrying about a perfect pass. We have kids that can take a swing from all over the court' ... That's probably the best thing about our lineup – we've got a kid that can swing everywhere, I mean our setter can swing."
"We don't need a perfect pass to run a good play ... We just have a lot of athletic kids, even though they're not 6-foot-4, they can take a swing about anywhere."
Broughton took the third set 25-17, sweeping the Pride and remaining undefeated on the season.
Kalee Vanderhorst led the way for Broughton, posting 17 kills, including the final point of the second and third sets. Katja Ehlers also had 10 kills and 12 digs for the Caps. Kati Smith led Broughton in assists with 37.
The win pushes Broughton's record to 17-0 overall and 12-0 in the Cap 8, a full two games ahead of second place Leesville Road. The Pride are now 14-2 overall and 10-2 in the league, and in sole possession of second place.
Winning the conference title is not something Freeman and the Caps take for granted either.
"It's a great league. Every night, top to bottom, you've got to come do your job," Freeman said. "Winning the Cap 8 is an honor anytime it happens. I'm really happy for the kids, it's a good win. Coming over here, that's a tough team to beat."
Broughton will host Millbrook on Thursday night in the final home regular season match of the season for the Caps. Leesville Road returns to play on Thursday as well with a home game against Sanderson.
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