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AREA ROUNDUP: Ladybirds defeat Bunn in opener

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STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team opened its 2019 season Monday with a 25-21, 9-25, 25-12, 25-16 nonconference win over visiting Bunn.

After a sluggish second set, the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds picked up the pace in the third and fourth sets and held Bunn, a 2-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference, under 20 points in the two remaining sets.

Junior Alissa Bailey led Southern Nash with 22 service points, while senior outside hitter Olivia Cruz had 17.

Senior Lyndsey Turner had nine kills, with junior Taylor Bailey, junior Ashton Moore and senior Carrigan Ewers supplementing the Ladybirds’ attack.

Bunn also played in its season opener.

Southern Nash hits the road Tuesday to face North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains
Conference.

GIRLS TENNIS

SN gets by Spartans 5-1

SMITHFIELD — Needing only singles to clinch the outcome, the Southern Nash High girls tennis team served into a new season Monday with a 5-1 triumph at 3-A Smithfield-Selma.

Playing only eight-game pro sets, the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds won at Nos. 1-5 singles, getting wins from senior Iris Radilla, senior Brisa Sevilla, junior Karen Flores, senior Eliza Hernandez and junior Rubi Guierrez.

For the Greater Neuse River Conference Spartans, SSS avoided the shutout with Sammira Evans’ 8-6 win over Southern Nash junior Sofia Sanchez at No. 6 singles.

Southern Nash remains on the road Tuesday, visiting Nash Central.

SOUTHERN NASH 5, 

SMITHFIELD-SELMA 1

Iris Radilla (SN) def. Yarnell Avila-Marmolejo 8-2; Brisa Sevilla (SN) def. Jenny Yang 8-1; Karen Flores (SN) def. Carlee Wilson 8-6; Eliza Hernandez (SN) def. Leslie Reyes 8-3; Rubi Guierrez (SN) def. Rosalinda Nunez-Enriquez 8-4; Sofia Sanchez (SSS) def. Samira Evans 8-6.

Doubles not contested.

BOYS SOCCER

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 advances 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 tomorrow night.”

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