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Wilson Christian completed the toughest week of its varsity volleyball season in the same manner the Lady Chargers have every other week in 2018 — undefeated.
Playing for the fourth time in five days, the Lady Chargers swept Bethel Christian of Kinston — 25-6, 25-13, 25-17 — on Friday night for their 16th win without a loss. Wilson Christian, which lost just one set all week, rose to 6-0 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play. The Lady Chargers have clinched the top spot in District 3 but have a match looming Oct. 16 against Wilmington Christian for region supremacy.
Junior Ashley Hartsfield rang up a team-high seven aces Friday, giving her 17 in two matches after serving 10 in the Lady Chargers’ win at home Thursday against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina. Hartsfield also had three digs, three kills and 15 assists.
Senior Christy Jones had 10 digs to go with three kills and two aces
Senior McKenna Griffin totaled seven kills, three digs and two aces while sophomore Tori Linkous added four kills and junior Madison Carnes contributed three kills.
Linkous led the way at the net with 14 kills Thursday in Wilson Christian’s 25-9, 25-15, 25-12 win over Hilltop Christian. Griffin finished with 12 kills and four digs, with junior Ashley Hartsfield notching 34 assists.
Jones led the Lady Chargers on defense with seven digs and three kills. Sophomore Dani Reece had five kills as Carnes contributed three kills.
WCA continues region play at home Tuesday against New Life Christian of Rocky Mount.
Hunt records twin Big East sweeps
The Hunt High varsity volleyball team successfully set the stage for a meeting with 3-A Big East Conference unbeaten Franklinton by winning a pair of three-set encounters against league opposition this week.
Hunt (11-7, 7-1 Big East) turned in a 25-15, 25-12, 25-21 win at Southern Nash on Thursday and preceded it with a brisk 25-8, 25-16, 25-13 conquest of visiting Rocky Mount.
Against the Ladybirds, junior Meghan Martinez had a double-double of 11 kills and 17 digs, while junior middle blocker Alea Jones tallied nine kills and seven solo blocks.
Another junior, Brianna Moore, ran the offense with 35 assists and had double-digit digs with 15. She added 11 service points. Sophomore Jessica Waddell led Hunt from the service line with 13 service points and four aces.
Against the Gryphons, Martinez had 11 kills. Senior libero Allyson Matthews turned in 11 digs and junior Ashanti Edmundson compiled eight kills and a pair of blocks.
Senior Michaela Evans posted eight kills and five aces.
The Lady Warriors will visit the Red Rams on Tuesday in a match that could give Hunt an opportunity to share the Big East regular-season title. Franklinton (13-3, 8-0 Big East), won a five-set thriller at Hunt on Sept. 20.
Greenfield loses to Wayne Christian
The Greenfield School varsity volleyball team dropped a 25-21, 17-25, 25-14, 25-12 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference decision to Wayne Christian on Thursday.
Details were not available.
Lady Falcons defeat Fike, Lady Saints
PIKEVILLE — A road nonconference victory against Fike on Wednesday and a conference triumph at home against Southern Wayne on Thursday hiked the Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team’s record to 10-8 and to 3-4 as a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
In a clash of county rivals, the Lady Golden Falcons thumped Southern Wayne 25-23, 25-10, 25-18 on Thursday.
CBA was coming off a 25-14, 25-16, 22-25, 25-10 conquest of Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference on Wednesday. The Lady Falcons handed Fike its fifth consecutive loss.
Senior Daelyn Brock and sophomore Abbey Thomas emerged CBA’s kill leaders against the Lady Saints with seven each.
The Lady Falcons blistered Southern Wayne with 22 service aces, including nine from Thomas, six from Brock and four from senior Mckenzie Norris. Thomas led the way with 15 service points, while Norris added 11.
Junior Victoria Patnaude delivered three blocks, while Norris accounted for 15 of the 19 assists. Brock emerged the digs leader with 11.
Against Fike, CBA prowled for 51 kills. Brock thundered for 19 and Thomas was on her heels with 18.
Brock also served for six of the 23 aces and 12 points. Juniors Jenna Oliver and Lydia Butler each tallied 14 service points. Oliver produced five aces, Thomas four and Patnaude three. Brock and Patnaude each responded with three blocks.
CBA digs totaled 81, with Brock claiming 21, Thomas and Butler 16 each and senior Taylor Gay 10. Oliver piled up 30 assists and Norris 15.
Fike statistical information was not available.
WCA routs Bethel for 9th straight win
Wilson Christian capped not only an unbeaten week in varsity boys soccer, but the Chargers’ mercy rule-shortened 9-0 win over Bethel Christian of Kinston on Friday was their ninth consecutive victory.
Now 11-4-2 overall and 7-1 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play, Wilson Christian hasn’t lost since dropping a 4-3 decision Sept. 4 at Raleigh Christian. The Chargers will have six days off until they host the Eagles on Friday in a match that will likely determine East District 3 supremacy.
Five different players scored for Wilson Christian in the match, which was halted with around two minutes left in the first half. Zach Hunter led the way with three goals while Gabe Barnes and Alex Torres notched two goals each. Will Hoskins and Adrian Dehart each added a goal. Brice Murray, Elliot Resendiz, Barnes and Hoskins each contributed an assist.
CCS swept by Epiphany 9-0
Host Community Christian lost 9-0 in girls tennis action Friday against The Epiphany School of New Bern.
Only Olivia Walker managed to earn points in singles action for the Lady Cyclones in the match at Barton College Tennis Complex. Walker fell 8-4 to Abigail Oliver.
EPIPHANY 9, CCS 0
M.C. Gray (E) def. Ashley Abrams 8-0; Ngun Sin (E) def. Kaylee Liles 8-0; Abigail Oliver (E) def. Olivia Walker 8-4; Caitlyn Lowe (E) def. Hadley Borg; Olivia Brinson (E) def. Tori Oliver 8-0; Lil Kremar (E) def. Reagan Reason 8-0.
Gray-Sin (E) def. Abrams-Liles 8-0; Lowe-Oliver (E) def. Walker-Reason 8-1; Brinson-Kremar (E) def. Borg-Oliver 8-1.
Firebirds place 3rd, while Ladybirds 6th
ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High boys cross-country team placed third, while the Ladybirds wound up sixth in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference meet at Rocky Mount.
The Firebirds boys were credited with 79 points for their top five finishers. Southern Nash leaders were Shamir Small in fifth place and Hunter Issette in sixth. Rounding out the Firebirds’ top five, respectively, were Alex Freeman, Daniel Medina and Tanner Baker.
For the Ladybirds, Jadiza Jimenez posted her career-best time and registered a runner-up finish. Completing Southern Nash’s top five, respectively, were Bianca Delgado, Brooke Lucsas, Lalurel Coffey and Kelsey Beckmann.
Lady Chargers produce twin sweeps
The Wilson Christian volleyball team had little trouble with two visiting opponents Thursday and Friday, sweeping Bethel Christian of Kinston 25-8, 25-11 on Friday after turning in a 25-11, 25-13 triumph over
Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Thursday.
Jennifer Edmondson served nine aces as part of her 12 services points to go with three digs in Friday’s match. Reagan Barnes served 10 points, including three aces, while Paige Barnes had four kills
Against Hilltop Christian, Barnes led WCA with 11 kills and four digs, with Peyton Norville adding 10 digs and 7 aces.
Defensively, Edmondson finished with 19 digs. Running the offense was setter Chloe Willard with 21 assists.
Greenfield rallies to overcome Wayne
GOLDSBORO — After a tough loss in the opening set, the Greenfield School volleyball team bounced back to claim a 27-29, 25-23, 25-19 victory against 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference rival Wayne Christian on Thursday.
Details were not avaiable.