Cleveland volleyball holds off Garner to remain undefeated
Posted September 7
Clayton, N.C. — Cleveland volleyball rallied Wednesday night to keep its unbeaten record intact, defeating Garner 3-2 on the Rams’ home court in Clayton.
The Rams’ victory – the second this season against Garner -- pushes their win streak to nine games.
Garner picked up the first set win to take an early match lead, but it was down to the wire. Cleveland rallied back from a three-point deficit to knot the set at 23-all, but Garner finished with two straight points for the 25-23 win.
Cleveland carried it’s late-set momentum into the second, taking it with authority, 25-24, to knot the match at 1-1.
In the third, Garner took control once again, forcing a Cleveland timeout with a 14-11 lead. The Trojans used a 11-7 run to win the set after Garner’s stoppage to take a one-set lead in the match.
Cleveland built a five-point lead late in the fourth set, but Garner came roaring back for the equalizer at 22-22. Both squads traded points back-and-forth, but it was Cleveland that eventually that took the set, 29-27, to force the fifth and final set.
“That was awesome, the way they were able to come back, especially when the deficits that were deep,” said Cleveland head coach Shelley Johnston. “I was really proud of them for doing that.”
The deflated Trojans were no match for the Rams in the tiebreaker. Cleveland jumped out to a commanding 11-5 lead, and eventually took the set, 14-8, to win the match.
“We have a close-knit family team, and it makes all the difference,” Johnston said. “They want to win, and they want to win really bad.”
Cleveland (9-0) returns to action Thursday against Princeton, and Garner (8-4) is slated to visit Millbrook on Sept. 13.