South Charlotte

Hawks duo a winning pair

Eve Davis and Emma Price have won more than 94 percent of their volleyball matches and two state titles during their time at Charlotte Latin.

This year, the Hawks are 26-1.

If you ask Price what comes to mind when someone says Charlotte Latin volleyball, she does not hesitate.

"Tradition," she says.

Price and Davis, both juniors named all-conference players a season ago, have a legacy to uphold. The Hawks have won the last seven NCISAA 3A state titles and are poised to make it eight in a row.

"We know that Latin has had a winning tradition, but also we know that is in the past," Davis said. "They have had some great teams, but that was then, and this is our time now.

"We try to not focus on the past but on our team right now and the future of the program. That is all we can focus on."

Head coach Suzie Pignetti said she thinks the quiet, confident leadership of Price and Davis serves the young team well.

"I think there is some pressure on them to win another one," said Pignetti, who has seven titles in 11 seasons with Latin and won six as coach of conference rival Charlotte Country Day.

"We don't talk about it, but I think they are aware of what we have done. We talk more about the journey and getting there one match at a time than the final outcome," Pignetti said.

Pignetti said that, with only four seniors, she is glad Davis and Price are there to guide the young Hawks.

Davis, an outside hitter, was named to the all-state team, was a 2010 Volleyball Super Team member and one of 26 finalists for the National Freshman of the Year after the 2009-10 season. She had 455 kills last year, by far the most in the region, and recently became the second Hawk to record 1,000 career kills.

This year she is again leading the Observer area in kills, with 408. She also has 224 digs and 62 aces.

Price was named Max Preps Player of the Week for North Carolina in early September. She was MVP of the Super 6 tournament in Charleston earlier this season and has not skipped a beat in the move from outside hitter to setter. Price has 687 assists, 198 digs, 69 kills and 41 aces.

The two teamed with the best local players to form the Carolina Junior Volleyball Blaze, a club team that finished 11th among more than 60 teams nationwide this year.

The Hawks have won 65 of 71 games and lost only to undefeated Ashley Hall of Charleston, S.C.

"Each game is a learning process," Price said. "We take something from each opponent that we can improve upon."

Davis and Price have extra motivation to win Latin its eighth title.

Price's older sister Liza Price was a three-time all-state selection and played at the College of Charleston; Leah Davis was an all-state selection for the Hawks in 2006.

"Both of their sisters played here and won titles, and I think that has something to do with their drive also," Pignetti said.

"They are probably getting a little ribbing and don't want to be the team that ends the streak."