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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Demons utilize doubles play to rally past Clayton, 5-4

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CLAYTON — A doubles sweep enabled the visiting Fike High girls tennis team to rally to a 5-4 triumph in a nonconference showdown of 3-A state-ranked teams Thursday afternoon.

Ranked No. 13 in the preseason 3-A poll, Fike boosted its record to 3-0 going into Saturday’s 9 a.m. Wilson Cup championship match against Greene Central on the Barton College courts. No. 11 ranked Clayton dropped to 1-1.

Trailing 4-2 after singles, the Lady Golden Demons got an 8-5 victory from their No. 1 doubles team of Logan Adkins-Anna Blair Thomas.

At No. 2, Avery Rose Brown-Sophia Meszaros prevailed 8-6, and, at No. 3, Cappa Hill-Reagan Brown claimed an 8-2 conquest.

Singles victors for Fike were Adkins at No. 1 by a 7-6 (5), 6-3 margin against the Lady Comets’ Crystal Anderson and Hill, at No. 6, by a 6-0, 6-0 margin against Mary Grace Narron.

Adkins and Hill each improved to 3-0, while Brown, Thomas, Meszaros and Mia Hamblin each possess a 2-1 record.

“This was a quality win over a good Clayton team,” commented Fike coach Lee Matthews. “After the scrimmage last week, I thought we were evenly matched, but the Clayton girls played extremely well today in singles.

“I am very proud of how hard the girls worked today to sweep the doubles. They adjusted quickly to the new pairings at Nos. 2 and 3. We found a way to win with our backs to the wall.”

FIKE 5, CLAYTON 4

Logan Adkins (F) def. Crystal Anderson 7-6 (5), 6-3; Hannah Riley (C) def. Avery Rose Brown 7-5, 6-0; Lily Arrington (F) def. Anna Blair Thomas 6-4, 6-1; Jackie Rollins (C) def. Sophia Meszaros 6-2, 6-2; Alexis Perry (C) def. Mia Hamblin 6-3, 6-1; Cappa Hill (F) def. Mary Grace Narron 6-0, 6-0.

Adkins-Thomas (F) def. Anderson-Riley 8-5; Brown-Meszaros (F) def. Arrington-Rollins 8-6; Hill-Reagan Brown (F) def. Perry-Narron 8-2.

Ladybirds sweep aside SSS 9-0

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High girls tennis team experienced a reversal of fortune Thursday afternoon from its season opener with a 9-0 victory over nonconference opponent Smithfield-Selma.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds (1-1), who were blanked by the same margin by West Johnston in its first match Tuesday, picked up singles wins from Katelyn Cox, Brandi Curtis, Alexis Mendez, Karli Pernell, Lesly Rodriguez and Lizbeth Medina.

All are seniors, with the exception of Medina at No. 6, who is a junior.

Victorious doubles tandems included Cox-Mendez, Curtis-Pernell and Rodriguez-Jessica Salazar.

Smithfield-Selma of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference remained winless through two matches.

Southern Nash returns to action Tuesday at home against SouthWest Edgecombe.

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Bruins reach 2-0, sweep Tarboro

TARBORO — The Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team produced a 2-0 start to its 2018 season Thursday afternoon with a thorough 25-20, 25-14, 25-14 sweep of host Tarboro in nonconference action.

Aa’Niyah Sherrod led the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins with 18 service points, with Brittany Dudley chipping in 13.

Offensively, Makayla Everette patrolled the front line with 15 kills.

Libero Kaitlin Abrams provided strong passing to key the Lady Bruins’ offense.

Tarboro, a member of the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference, dropped its season opener.

Beddingfield returns home Monday to face Southern Nash.

CCS falls in 5 games to Cape Fear

Trailing at the start of the fourth set, the Community Christian School varsity volleyball team seized the tie before visiting Cape Fear Christian pulled away in the fifth set for a 20-25, 25-15, 25-12, 22-25, 15-9 victory in the Lady Cyclones’ season opener Thursday at Peace Church.

Lauren Pare led the offense with 15 kills, with Logan Woodard adding seven.

Makayla Webb paced the service game with 18 service points. Woodard had seven service points and swatted five aces.

Setter Kayla Farmer orchestrated the offense with 19 assists. Webb finished with four aces for the 1-A Coastal Independent Conference Lady Cyclones.
“I was really proud of the girls for not quitting after the third game and battling to win the fourth,” CCS head coach Kelly Bradshaw said.

Cape Fear Christian of the 1-A Sandhills Conference evened its record at 1-1.

CCS kicks off conference play Tuesday, traveling to first-year conference member Winterville Christ Covenant.

Christ Covenant comes over to the league from the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference.

Ladybirds trounce Spartans in 3 sets

STANHOPE — Junior Olivia Cruz and sophomore Alissa Bailey had nine service points each Thursday afternoon in leading the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team to a swift 25-7, 26-24, 25-4 win over visiting Smithfield-Selma.

Southern Nash (1-1) of the 3-A Big East Conference was led on the attack by juniors Carrigan Ewers and Lyndsey Turner, who had seven kills apiece. Bailey tallied 10 assists.

The Ladybirds travel to Beddingfield on Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Firebirds, Panthers battle to 1-1 tie

KENLY — The Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team kicked off its season on the road Thursday with a 1-1 draw against North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference and the Panthers each netted a first-half goal.

Carlos Garcia drilled in a penalty kick for the Southern Nash goal. Firebirds goalkeeper Ozzy Villareal notched four saves.

GIRLS GOLF

Ladybirds take 4th in pair of matches

SELMA — The Southern Nash High girls golf team launched its season with a pair of fourth-place finishes in multi-team matches this week.

At Cardinal Country Club on Thursday, the Ladybirds posted a 181 total for their low three individuals in the nine-hole match.Wayne Country Day dominated with 114 strokes, followed by North Johnston (150), Charles B. Aycock (177) and Southern Nash.

In Tuesday’s opener, Southern Nash carded a 159 and placed fourth among eight teams. Triton triumphed with a 144, edging North Johnston by a shot at Pine Hollow Country Club near Clayton. Also competing were Clayton, Rosewood, Princeton and Midway. The Ladybirds shared fourth place with Midway.

At Cardinal Country Club, junior Elisabeth Collie, the 2017 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year, paced Southern Nash with a round of 50. Taylor Hall shot 59 and Samantha Puckett 72.

At Pine Hollow, Collie carded a 43 to tie for second behind medalist Lana Kein of Triton. Hall, a junior, posted a personal low of 55, while Puckett, a freshman, launched her high school career with a 61.

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