REYNOLDS — Enka volleyball coach Jennifer Kruk was fighting a case of the flu Thursday night.
Reynolds seniors Courtney Koehler and Emily Russell sure weren’t making things any better.
Russell drove home 15 kills and Koehler gave out 27 assists. Collectively, the Rockets put together one of their most complete efforts of the year to sweep the Sugar Jets in three sets, 25-20, 25-10 and 25-22.
Koehler (who has committed to South Carolina) and Russell (a Towson, Md., recruit) matched one another with 10 digs. Delaney McCullough added five kills.
“Reynolds is a very good team and (Koehler and Russell) are excellent players,” Kruk said.
“What can you say? The combination of those two is tough. We got so far behind in the first set (10-1) and never really recovered from that.”
Enka (13-4, 8-2) has won the last 12 outright Mountain Athletic Conference championships in volleyball, but now finds that streak in jeopardy. The Rockets (15-2, 8-1) also beat the Sugar Jets earlier this season in Candler (a 3-1 match played on Sept. 15).
The MAC officially recognizes a 3-A and 4-A champion in every team sport. And each team will play a dozen league matches in the regular season – Reynolds (3-A) and 4-A frontrunner Roberson (16-2, 8-1) are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Skyland at 6 p.m. The Rams won the first match, 3-1, back on Sept. 22.
The Rockets are one of the most senior-laden teams in Western North Carolina. Along with Koehler and Russell, Melissa Cavagnini, Sarah Swicegood, Alli Offill, Hannah Gortney and Kendra Rice are all 12th graders.
“Our girls want a conference championship,” Rockets coach Lori Ledford said.
“I’m very happy with (Thursday’s match with Enka). When you win a match like this and execute the way we did, it’s great.”
Statistical leaders for the Sugar Jets were SallyAnne Johnson (12 kills), Kloyee Anderson (nine kills) and Katie Duncan (eight digs).
The NCHSAA volleyball playoffs start on Oct. 24.