Photo by Dave Lindaman 

Volleyball season can be a fickle thing.

Students and coaches keep themselves busy during the summer traveling from location to location for various league across the southeast. All along, their waiting for August to roll around so high school season finally starts.

Then it finally arrives in August….for seven intense weeks. And then it comes to a sudden end, starting the cycle all over again.

The Orange volleyball team finished its home slate with a senior night victory over Southern Durham 3-0 on Thursday night at Jim King Gymnasium. Orange wasn’t seriously challenged in any of the sets, winning 25-11, 25-14 and 25-4.

It was the final home match for seniors Faith Foushee (a tri-Captain), Elly Wilson, Bailey Lucas (another Captain), Avery Riley, and tri-Captain Caroline Compton.

Lucas ended her home career with seven kills, five assists, one dig and one ace. Riley recorded five aces, three kills and a dig. Compton had two aces, two kills, eleven assists and three digs. Wilson registered three aces, two kills and seven digs. Foushee had five digs, two aces, one kill and one assist.

Junior Liz LaNier had five kills and five aces for the Panthers. Freshman Chloe Riley came away with four aces on a strong serving night. Sophomore Elizabeth Vosburg had a season-high five aces. Another sophomore, Kaitlyn Werden, finished with seven assists.

The win bolsters Orange’s record to 13-8, which guarantees a winning season. The Panthers are 6-7 in the Big 8 with its regular season finale coming up Tuesday against Northern Durham at Poe Gymtorium.


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