Tuscola volleyball won its recent home match against North Buncombe this past Monday 3-2.

The teams battled back and forth, taking turns winning every other set. North Buncombe came out strong, overcoming Tuscola 25-22 for the first set. The first set was tied at 22 until North Buncombe killed the remaining points in a row.

The momentum shifted in the second set though, as North Buncombe lost one of their leading scorers, Gea Rotolo, to what seemed like a rolled ankle. Tuscola then capitalized, taking the second set 25-11 with junior Grace Glance going for the kill and game point. Head coach Pam Bryant called a timeout halfway through the third, rallying her team for the remaining three sets.

“In the past we have a tendency not to finish but I feel like we’re starting to change that,” Bryant said.

Buncombe fought back in the third and most intense set, taking it 25-16. Tuscola answered by taking the fourth in a close point margin of 25-20, leading for the majority of the set. The Tuscola side kept its intensity throughout the entire match, ultimately earning themselves the match.

Tuscola’s Skylar Sutton had confidence in her team despite their early struggles in the match. Tuscola continued to win 15-12, dominating the final set.

“I think we did well even though we had a few rough patches,” Sutton said. “We overcame it in the end. I think we’re improving for sure. We’re hustling. We have a rough history with North Buncombe so beating them this year feels good.”

Bryant added that having certain players step up really made a difference.

“Another win at home is great,” Bryant said. “Don’t like to struggle to win it this way but a win is a win. Julia Mulhern had the game of her life. I moved her from libero to a hitter she has responded more than we could have ever expected.”

Mulhern also thought that her team came away with a well deserved victory. She recognized they need to continue the work they have put in so far.

“I think we need to improve on consistency, we tend to play down to other teams and we have to get better at that,” Mulhern said. “I think we dug through it and didn’t capitalize when we wanted to but came through in the end, especially with the last few points. This is my first time as a hitter in a couple years so that was exciting. Coming together as a team and getting it together feels good.”

Tuscola fell 3-0 at West Henderson Wednesday, and will host T.C. Roberson Thursday night.

This article was written and published before Thursday’s match.

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