At the Davis High girls volleyball team’s season opener Friday night, the large crowd at The Cage couldn’t have asked for anything more.
The Blue Devil fans got to see an exciting five-set match, and showed their appreciation with loud cheers as DHS clinched the victory. The Devils won four of the final five points to hold off visiting Will C. Wood, 25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12.
“Coming in, we didn’t really know what to expect from Will C. Wood,” Davis coach Julie Crawford told The Enterprise. “There were a lot of momentum swings but we ran with the momentum when we needed to.
“They have two big hitters — including one who is going to Florida State next year — so I was really proud of the girls. They showed they are capable of fighting and pushing through.”
It was a mix of veteran leadership and youthful exuberance that lifted the Blue Devils as freshmen Karlie Kijanka and Samantha Moore made huge impacts in their first varsity appearances.
“I’m extremely proud of them and they are going to be huge contributors for us,” Crawford said of her ninth-graders. “They both play with so much confidence. Samantha Moore is our setter and she was leading the team like she’d been playing for me for years.”
Two locals who have been playing for Crawford for years — seniors Zoe Hunt-Murray and Mackenzie Harrison — were on their games Friday, Hun-Murray with her powerful hitting and Harrison with here consistent defense.
DHS will be looking to the pair for leadership as they are the only two seniors on the active roster. Classmate Jenn Blanc suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year, this one coming in the Devils’ Aug. 24 scrimmage against Bella Vista.
“We’re really going to miss her,” Crawford said. “She had worked so hard to get back.”