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AREA ROUNDUP: Ladybirds beat Bulldogs for another sweep

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STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team returned to its early season winning ways Thursday afternoon by recording a 25-22, 25-15, 25-23 victory over Nash Central.

Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference improved to 6-2 and won its fifth match via a three-set sweep.

Sophomore twins Alissa and Taylor Bailey had nine service points each to pace the attack. The twins also combined for nine aces, with Alissa owning five.

Taylor added seven kills and six digs on defense. Junior Carrigan Ewers led the Firebirds’ offense with nine kills.

Lyndsey Turner, a junior, added eight service points and four aces.

Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 3-2.

Southern Nash travels to West Johnston on Tuesday in the effort to avenge one of its two losses.

CBA stumped by Rose in 3

GREENVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team remained winless in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference action with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 loss to Greenville Rose on Thursday.

CBA, which fell to 4-6 overall and 0-2 within the ECC, was led offensively by the 15 kills of sophomore Abbey Thomas. The Lady Golden Falcons had 26 kills. Defensively, senior Taylor Gay tallied 16 digs. Daelyn Brock, a senior, had 10.

The Falcons visit 3-A ECC rival D.H. Conley on Tuesday.

Community Christian drops league test

The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team was turned back 25-12, 25-19, 25-9 in an 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference encounter Thursday by Kerr-Vance Academy.

Leading the Lady Cyclones were Bobbiann Lee with six service points, Kayla Farmer with six assists and Lauren Pate with six kills and two aces.

BOYS SOCCER

DASH deadlocks Cary Christian

CLAYTON — In one of its sternest tests of the season, the DASH United varsity boys soccer team battled Cary Christian, a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A power, to a 1-1 tie on Thursday.

Both goals were scored in the opening half as United emerged with a 4-2-2 record.

DASH struck first on a free-kick goal from 22 yards out by Salvador Guzman.

Cary Christian countered with the equalizer approximately 10 minutes later.

United continues to test the NCISAA 2-A ranks at Wake Christian Academy on Friday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Lady Panthers use singles to dump Princeton

KENLY — The North Johnston High girls tennis team, defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conference champions, completed the final tuneup before opening defense of its title with a 6-0 victory over Johnston County rival Princeton.

Senior Maira Teruel, senior Olivia Gachuz, junior Samantha Davis, sophomore Arial Pearce, sophomore Hannah Sherrod and senior Bella Holland all won in singles for the Lady Panthers, now 5-3 overall.

At No. 2 singles, Gachuz’s 8-2 win over Princeton’s Katie Leslie moved her record to an unblemished 8-0.

Doubles was not contested.

“Another great match for our young ladies,” North Johnston coach David Anderson said. “I believe we are playing the best tennis we have played this year. I am so proud of the work effort and the attitude of all the young ladies. Tennis can be a mental sport, and our ladies are very positive.”

North Johnston opens EPC play by hosting Beddingfield on Tuesday.

NORTH JOHNSTON 6, PRINCETON 0

Maira Teruel (NJ) def. Lauren Lawhon 8-1; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Katie Leslie 8-2; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Rachel Creech 8-4; Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Breanna Dye 8-3; Hannah Sherrod (NJ) def. Macey Blake 8-1; Bella Holland (NJ) def. Lydia Pearson 9-7.

Ladybirds blank Bulldogs 9-0

ROCKY MOUNT — Experiencing little difficulty throughout the lineup, the Southern Nash High girls tennis team cruised to a 9-0 victory on the road against former 3-A Big East Conference opponent Nash Central on Thursday.

The Ladybirds (5-2) picked up wins from the all-senior lineup of Stacie Winner, Katelyn Cox, Brandi Curtis, Alexis Mendez, Karli Pernell and Lesly Rodriguez.

In doubles, Winner-Curtis, Cox-Mendez and Pernell-Rodriguez completed the sweep.

Southern Nash opens up Big East play at Fike on Friday.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Daniels leads CCS harriers at Epiphany

NEW BERN — Caleb Daniels authored a fourth-place run of 20:42 to highlight Community Christian School performers in the first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independent Conference cross-country meet of the season at The Epiphany School on Wednesday.

Daniels’ run was far and away the highlight for the CCS boys, who finished sixth among the teams with the minimum five runners needed for a team score. Rocky Mount Academy sent the first three runners across the finish line to accrue a team score of 36 as host Epiphany (60), Winterville Christ Covenant (75), Halifax Academy (93), Rocky Mount Faith Christian (105) and CCS (134) rounded out the field.

Kerr-Vance Academy and Oakwood did not have enough runners for a team score.

For the boys, Daniels was supplemented by Jonathan Baran (29th, 27:15), Caleb Boyette (33rd, 27:56), John Davis (42nd, 32:14) and Tyler Medlin (52nd, 36:33) in the 59-runner field.

RMA’s Henry Forrester won the race in 19:37, a half second clear of teammate Brandon Miller.

In the girls’ race, the Lady Cyclones finished fourth among the four teams presenting with five runners. Epiphany placed all five of its runners in the top 11 to prevail with 30 points, 10 clear of Oakwood. Halifax (66) and the Lady Cyclones (90) followed with RMA, Christ Covenant, Faith Christian and Kerr-Vance Academy short of the required quintet for a team score.

Kaitlyn Manning’s 14th-place time of 31:08 led CCS. She was followed by Katarina Medlin (24th, 35:36), Rori Thurman (26th, 36:14), Loreli Ferguson (27th, 37:06) and Emily Baran (31st, 40:14) in a race of 33 competitors.

Morgan Hudomint of Halifax Academy crossed the line in a time of 25:43 to capture the girls race.

CCS continues conference action Tuesday as it visits Halifax Academy.

GIRLS GOLF

Lady Warriors set 9-hole record at Willow Springs

Split into two different teams, the Hunt High girls golf team turned in a program-best showing for a nine-hole match Wednesday in a 3-A Big East Conference tune-up match at Willow Springs Country Club.

Behind the 38 of medalist Plun Rattanapraken, the Lady Warriors’ ‘White’ team fired a 131 for its low three individuals, which ranks as a program record, coach Jeff Boykin said.

That was enough to win the match, as the Lady Warriors White team prevailed by 47 shots over Southern Nash. Franklinton finished third at 181, with Hunt’s ‘Blue’ team four shots back in fourth at 185.

Sarah Bunn followed Rattanapraken with a 42, with Connor Worley and Ashton Barnes tying as Hunt’s third scorer at 51. Beddingfield, affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, was also invited to participate and tied for fourth at 185. Elisabeth Collie’s 46 paced the Ladybirds as Taylor Hall (56) and Samantha Pucket (66) followed.

Fike was represented by the 67 of Alana Robbins and the 72 of Abby Norris, but were denied a team score after Mallory O’Brian did not finish the round.

Rachel Halterman’s 52 paced third-place Franklinton.

Beddingfield counted the scores of Ellison Taylor (55), Hannah Nguyen (59) and Anna Hendricks (71).

Hunt’s Blue unit was led by matching 60s from Gracie Taylor and Ashley Stillman. Kathryn Willoughby added a 65.

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