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Junior Tori Linkous, the only returning middle hitter for the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team, made her upperclassman debut a forceful one Tuesday afternoon in a brisk 25-9, 27-25, 25-14 victory over DASH United.
Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks, rallied from deficits of 16-6 and 22-17 in the second set before seizing a 2-0 advantage.
It was in large part to Linkous, who had 15 kills, five aces and four blocks.
“We knew we were going to have her hitting well,” WCA head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said of Linkous. “We did a good job of getting to the ball. The second set, we kind of let up with mental mistakes, but we were down and came back.”
Senior Ashley Hartsfield directed the Wilson Christian offense with 22 assists, had seven digs while adding three aces and three kills.
Junior Dani Reece had six kills, with senior Lydia Renfrow getting to five digs. Senior Madison Carnes had three kills and a pair of assists.
WCA hits the road to face Greenfield on Thursday.
Lady Bruins fall in season debut
The Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team dropped a 21-25, 25-8, 25-22, 25-22 decision to neighboring nonconference opponent Greene Central on Tuesday.
Jenna Pate led the Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference with six digs. AaNiyah Sherrod and Mikayla Everette slammed for seven kills each. Brittany Dudley notched 15 assists.
Beddingfield continues nonconference play at 3-A Southern Nash on Thursday.
Fike swept by Lady Falcons
PIKEVILLE — The Fike High varsity volleyball team stumbled out of the gates to open its 2019 season with a 25-6, 25-12, 25-22 defeat at C.B. Aycock on Tuesday.
Sophomore Kendra Dumong had six kills for the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Golden Demons, with Taylor Black adding five.
Kendall Harris, a junior, notched five kills and four blocks. Senior Reece Nelson ran the Fike offense with 12 assists. C.B. Aycock, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, evened its record at 1-1 after losing a five-set match to Hunt in its opener Monday.
Fike hosts Clayton for its home opener Wednesday.
Lady Cyclones can’t solve Crossroads in 4 sets
The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team pulled level in the second set of Tuesday’s season opener with Henderson Crossroads Christian, but the Lady Cyclones could not keep the momentum going in a 13-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27 setback.
Logan Woodard had seven kills, 10 service points and a pair of assists for CCS, 1-A members of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference. Ava Pate posted nine service points and two aces as Lauren Pate led the way with nine kills and eight aces.
Pate had 11 points from the service line and handed out four assists.
CCS is at Kerr-Vance Academy on Thursday.
Ladybirds outlast NJ in 5
KENLY — Extended into a fifth set Tuesday, the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team kept its early unbeaten record intact with a 25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11 nonconference win at North Johnston on Tuesday.
Senior Lyndsey Turner had 12 kills for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, incluing the final point of the match as Southern Nash reached 2-0.
Junior Ashton Moore finished with seven service points, four kills, three digs and a pair of aces. Olivia Cruz, a senior, led the service game from the back line with seven aces on eight service points. She had three kills and a pair of digs.
No statistics were available for North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
Southern Nash is home to Beddingfield on Thursday.
Greenfield splits to open season
One day after losing its opener in four sets, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team returned to the floor and had better fortune in a 25-11, 25-13, 25-15 win over Lawrence Academy.
Greenfield, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, picked up double-doubles from Kaelyn Wall and Caroline Stone.
Wall had 25 digs and 10 kills to go alone with six aces, while Stone had 10 aces and 26 digs. Stone added five kills. Ysabella Saldi ran the Greenfield offense with 25 assists from her setter position and tacked on three aces.
Six kills were credited to Gabrielle Vester.
Versus DASH, the Lady Knights were turned back 25-20, 25-22, 26-28, 25-20 in their season opener.
Further details on Monday’s match were not available.
The Lady Knights conclude an opening three-match homestand Thursday when they host Wilson Christian.
DASH blanks Neuse Charter 3-0
CLAYTON — The DASH United varsity boys soccer team overcame frequent periods of purposeless possession Monday night in opening its season with a 3-0 victory over Neuse Charter in the opening round of the Neuse River Cup, hosted by the Neuse River Futbol Alliance at East Clayton Community Park.
DASH took a 1-0 lead into halftime on senior Salvador Guzman’s goal that was assisted by eighth grader Hiroshi Picklesimer in the 12th minute.
Out of the half, sophomore Chandler Harris put away an unassisted tally some 14 minutes in before senior Eric Barry found junior Jordan Bailey for the finish in the 70th minute.
DASH advanced to face Clayton High in the second round Tuesday.
“We had a few moments of terrific play in between wide swaths of kickball,” DASH head coach Steve Barry lamented. “We will have to perform much better if we are to not get mercy ruled by Clayton High School (Tuesday) night.”
Lady Demons thump Nighthawks
One day after having its scheduled season opener rained out against Clayton, the Fike High girls tennis team took to the court and clinched the outcome in singles for a 7-2 victory over Kill Devil Hills First Flight.
Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference won two of the three 10-point tiebreakers in singles, with Avery Rose Brown at No. 2 singles and Mary Thomas Watkins at No. 6 each outlasting Nighthawk opponents by 10-7 margins in the third.
It was the first official match of 2019 for Fike after its participation in the Wilson Cup did not count due to playing before the official North Carolina High School Athletic Association fall sports start date.
Elsewhere, Fike was not challenged. Senior Logan Adkins breezed by Gray Tillett 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Cappa Hill turned in a 6-0, 6-2 win over First Flight’s Pia Jastrzemski. Chandler Hill was victorious at No. 4 by a 6-0, 6-0 margin.
“I was proud of Avery Rose, Sophia, and Mary Thomas for their composure, coming back to force third set tiebreakers in their matches,” Fike head coach Lee Matthews said.
The Lady Demons visit Cleveland on Tuesday.
FIKE 7, FIRST FLIGHT 2
Logan Adkins (F) def. Gray Tillett 6-0, 6-2; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Allison Hudson 1-6, 6-3, 10-7; Courtney Tillett (FFT) def. Sophia Meszaros 6-2, 2-6, 10-7; Chandler Hill (F) def. Grace Woerner 6-0, 6-0, Cappa Hill (F) def. Pia Jastrzemski 6-0, 6-2; Mary Thomas Watkins (F) def. Grace Carmines 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Adkins-Chandler Hill (F) def. G. Tillett-C. Tillett 8-2; Brown-Meszaros (F) def. Hudson-Carmines 8-5, Woerner-Jastremski (FFT) def. Cappa Hill-Watkins 8-3.
Ladybirds blank Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT — Utilizing the eight-game format, the visiting Southern Nash High girls tennis team dropped just 14 games in singles and doubles in blanking Nash Central, 9-0, on Tuesday.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference climbed to 2-0 and continue to invade the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference ranks against SouthWest Edgecombe on Thursday.
Posting singles wins were senior Iris Radilla at No. 1, senior Brisa Sevilla at No. 2, junior Karen Flores at No. 3, senior Eliza Hernandez at No. 4, junior Rubi Guierrez at No. 5 and junior Trish Glover at No. 6.
Nash Central fielded five freshmen and a senior in singles.
SOUTHERN NASH 9, NASH CENTRAL 0
Iris Radilla (SN) def. Alexis Richardson 8-2; Brisa Sevilla (SN) def. Zaire Morallis 8-0; Karen Flores (SN) def. Kaylee Ray 8-2; Eliza Hernandez (SN) def. Savannah Smith 8-1; Rubi Guierrez (SN) def. Aniya Farmer 8-2; Trish Glover (SN) def. Katlyn Scites 8-1; Radilla-Sevilla (SN) def. Richardson-Morallis 8-4; Florez-Guierrez (SN) def. Ray-Smith 8-1; Hernandez-Glover (SN) def. Farmer-Amber Silver 8-1.
Lady Demons beat CBA in 3 sets
PIKEVILLE — Jada Lamm had six kills and Reagan Nelson swatted five as the Fike High volleyball team launched its new season with a thrilling 25-21, 21-25, 15-13 victory at C.B. Aycock on Tuesday.
Katyria Cruz had five digs and four aces, with Avery Lentz adding four kills. Mesha Strickland had 10 assists.
Fike faces Clayton in its home opener Wednesday
Wilson Christian sweeps DASH
The Wilson Christian volleyball team turned in a 25-11, 25-10 victory over DASH United in its season opener Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Reagan Barnes had 10 service points and three aces for the Lady Chargers, with eighth grader Izzy Barnes adding 13 service points and a pair of aces.
Lady Knights foiled in first 2 matches
The Greenfield School volleyball team dropped its first two matches of 2019 on consecutive days, falling to Lawrence Academy by a 25-17, 25-14 count on Tuesday and a 25-10, 25-5 score to open its season Monday.
Versus DASH, Darcy Dean had five aces and Serenity McNair added three unreturned serves.
The Lady Knights play host to Wilson Christian on Thursday.