In the third game of Charlotte Latin's home volleyball match against Weddington last week, the Hawks trailed 11-10 when Eve Davis ran toward the left side of the net, lifted her 6-foot-1 frame into the air and spiked the ball over the net. The ball crossed to the other side of the court, deflected off a Weddington player and flew out of bounds.
With that shot, Davis, a junior, became the second player to reach 1,000 career kills in the 11 years that Suzie Pignetti has been the coach at Latin.
"It's a pretty big deal," said Pignetti. "She plays with a lot of power and enthusiasm and she has worked hard at it. She's probably one of our go-to players so we look to her to get the job done and she does it."
Davis came into the match with 985 kills and is averaging 5.3 kills a game. She finished the match with 18, including the match-winner. Jenny O'Brien was the last Hawk to have 1,000 kills, also breaking the mark as a junior in 2006.
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"It's a huge accomplishment and it's great for the program because you can't get a kill without a great setter and great defense," said Davis.
Davis, 16, started playing volleyball in seventh grade on Charlotte Latin's middle school team because her older sister, Leah, was an all-state player on Latin's 2006 state championship team.
On a team full of talented players, Davis has stood out since she stepped on the court as a freshman. She had 279 kills and 295 digs and made the all-conference team while helping the Hawks to their sixth-straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A title in 2009. She was also one of 26 finalists for PrepVolleyball.com's 2009 National High School Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore, Davis improved her numbers, tallying 455 kills and 327 digs, and was named all-conference and all-state after leading the Hawks to another state championship.
Pignetti said Eve does much more than just attack and score points.
"She has other things to go with it," Pignetti said. "She's like a total package. She can pass, and she can play defense and she can serve well, so it's not just about the hitting; it's the whole thing that she does for the team."
In addition to her 283 kills through 21 matches this year, Davis has 32 aces, 163 digs and 22 assists. She's lead Latin to a 20-1 record (through Sept. 12), with the only loss coming to Ashley Hall (S.C.) in the Porter Gaud Invitational tournament semifinals.
Pignetti said Davis should have the opportunity to play volleyball in college, but Davis is early in the process and isn't sure where she wants to play.
Davis said she couldn't have reached 1,000 kills without her teammates.
"It's not possible without my setter, Emma (Price)," she said. "And we have really good defense in the back."
After the match, Davis posed with her coach for a picture to celebrate the 1,000th kill. But that's not the picture she wanted.
"Why can't we use one with the whole team?" she said.
Pignetti said that's the kind of player she is, always focused on the team.
"I'm just so happy for her because she works hard, she's a good kid," said Pignetti. "She deserves a little recognition. She'd be the first to tell you that she's very humble about it so it's nice to see somebody like that get the recognition."