Thoroughly tested.

Lake Norman’s volleyball team survived just such a challenge before being able to make a success of its season-opening appearance.

The at-home Wildcats advanced to the brink of a straight-set sweep only to wind up hanging on by a thread to defeat non-conference foe Forbush in a match that required the full maximum number of games.

Lake Norman followed up the taking of the affair’s first two games by scores of 26-24 and 25-22, by being dealt back-to-back defeats by tallies of 25-21 and 25-23. With the match knotted under its best-of-five-games format, the Wildcats registered the final two points to prevail by a 15-13 margin serving to seal the deal.

All high school varsity-level volleyball matches are played under the first-to-win-three-games process.

With the win, Lake Norman opened with the 1-0 record upon heading deeper into play for the pre-Labor Day holiday segment of the season’s schedule.

The Wildcats were paced in the kills department by the 18 points-producing pounding posted by Ava Arriviello. Alexis Hardin chimed in with her nine kills while also piling up a matching number of service aces.

Madison Sawyer topped the troops with her seven blocks.

Jadyn Bishop handed out 21 assists, while Mackenzie Harris piped in with another 13 assists.

Lake Norman was on track to follow up late Tuesday’s cross-county trip to take on North Iredell, with results posted too late to be included in this edition, by returning home to face off against South Iredell Thursday evening.

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