AREA ROUNDUP: Greenfield grabs marathon volleyball win from Pope John Paul II

Posted 9/26/18

GREENVILLE — Emerging from a 2-hour, 20-minute affair, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team fell behind two sets to one and rallied for a 25-21, 23-25, 27-29, 25-22, 15-13 victory at 1-A …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Greenfield grabs marathon volleyball win from Pope John Paul II

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GREENVILLE — Emerging from a 2-hour, 20-minute affair, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team fell behind two sets to one and rallied for a 25-21, 23-25, 27-29, 25-22, 15-13 victory at 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Greenville Pope John Paul II.

Senior Sumer Hassan led the way with a double-double of 15 kills and 35 digs as the Lady Knights moved to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in CPIC play. Catherine Alvarez, a senior, had 10 service points and 25 digs.

Junior Kaelyn Wall also notched a double-double, getting 30 digs and 10 kills. She also had eight aces and six blocks. Junior Caroline Stone finished with 25 digs and six kills. Senior Teresa Hadley matched Wall with six blocks.

Mary Margaret Coats, a senior setter, had 35 assists and six aces. Freshman Lily Hess tallied 25 digs on defense.

“(The) best game they have played this season,” Greenfield head coach Jadelyn Castillo said. “It was a long game, lots of ups and downs, but they gave it all they had, they pushed each other and they played with heart.”

Pope John Paul II fell to 3-6 overall and 0-3 within CPIC play.

Greenfield visits archrival Wayne Country Day on Thursday.

Lady Chargers 11-0 after 7th sweep

ROCKY MOUNT — Wilson Christian served 18 aces as it posted its seventh sweep of the varsity volleyball season, taking care of host New Life Christian in three sets Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Chargers rose to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play with the 25-13, 25-17, 25-10 victory.

Dani Reece served a team-high four aces to go with three kills and a dig while Tori Linkous had nine kills and three aces and McKenna Griffin totaled eight kills and three aces. Christy Jones contributed five digs, four kills and an ace and Ashley Hartsfield posted 22 assists to go with a dig and a kill.

“We actually played kind of slow tonight,” WCA head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said. “I think they’re kind of mentally preparing for next week.”

The Lady Chargers will play four region matches next week, starting with one at Berean Baptist in Fayetteville on Monday.

“That’s one of the biggest games of the season,” Vanderboegh said.

Lady Bruins lose in 4 to SouthWest

After winning the first set, the Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team faltered to a 23-25, 25-20, 25-24, 25-22 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss to SouthWest Edgecombe on Tuesday.

The Lady Bruins continue conference play at North Johnston on Thursday.

“Tonight was another tough conference loss,” said Beddingfield head coach Kelly Vinson. “SouthWest did a great job of serving and keeping us on our does defensively throughout the night.

Top Beddingfield performers were Makayla Everette with 10 kills, Kaniya Thomas with six kills and Jenna Batchelor with 15 service points.

Hunt bounces back vs. Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High varsity volleyball team bounced back from its first 3-A Big East Conference loss to thump Rocky Mount 25-6, 25-12, 25-16 on Monday.

The Lady Warriors vaulted to 3-1 in the Big East and to 7-7 overall. Hunt completes the first half of conference play at archrival Fike on Tuesday.

Junior Meghan Martinez turned in another solid performance for Hunt with nine kills, 11 service points and six aces. Senior Michaela Evans served for 12 points and knocked down eight kills.

Junior Brianna Moore responded with 30 assists and three aces among 15 service points. Junior Alea Jones added seven service points and four kills.


WCA runners dominate home meet

Both the Wilson Christian girls and boys cross-country teams cruised to wins in the school’s home meet Tuesday. Runners from nine schools competed but only two girls squads and three boys teams had enough to qualify for team scores.

The Chargers, who sent the first five runners across the finish line, finished with 10 points well ahead of Cornerstone Christian School of Roanoke Rapids and Berean Baptist of Fayetteville, which posted scores of 42. Cornerstone was awarded second place based on the finish of its fifth runner.

Jackson Hoskins of Wilson Christian was the winner in 20 minutes, 16 seconds, four seconds of teammate Lin Scott. Seth Trull was third in 20:49, followed by Chargers teammates Briceson Martin (22:25) and Andrew Blalock (23:07).

In the girls race, Kinston Bethel Christian’s Hannah Rhem was the winner in 22:43 but she was followed by a quintet of Lady Chargers, led by Jenna Varnell in 25:23. Ocean Reece was third in 25:48, followed by Ashley Hardy (25:48), Katie Glover (27:00) and Holland Miller (27:24).

The Lady Chargers also posted 10 points, easily outdistancing Cornerstone Christian with 33.

“I am very pleased with our times,” WCA head coach Dwight Vanderboegh said. “We purposely ran three 5Ks in one week here in the middle of the season, so we ran tired. The time gaps from the first and fourth runners for both teams have been consistently narrowing.”

Daniels leads CCS at Faith Christian meet

ROCKY MOUNT — Caleb Daniels posted a seventh-place run in a 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference field of 68 runners to highlight Community Christian School performances Monday afternoon on the campus of Rocky Mount Faith Christian.

Daniels, who finished the race in a time of 19:16, paced the Cyclones’ boys team in their fifth-place showing. Raleigh Saint Thomas More put its three scoring runners in the top four to post a 7-21 win over runner-up Rocky Mount Academy.

Winterville Christ Covenant (36), Halifax Academy (40), CCS (52), host Faith Christian (59), Oakwood (68) and Kerr-Vance Academy comprised the remainder of the field.

The Cyclones also counted the times of Thomas Lane, who was 20th in 21:41. Jonathan Baran was 31st in 24:04.

Noah Wollersheim of Saint Thomas More won the race in 17:11, a full minute ahead of teammate Liam Mack.

In the girls’ race, the Lady Cyclones finished fourth out of five teams, compiling a team score of 34. St. Thomas More had a perfect score, sending its first four runners across the finish line.

CCS scored the times of Olivia Walker (13th, 26:41), Kaitlyn Manning (16th, 26:43) and Katarina Medlin (24th, 30:06). Following St. Thomas More was Oakwood (28), Halifax Academy (32), CCS (34) and Christ Covenant (53).

Lucille Ketterer won the race for St. Thomas More, finishing in 20:02.

CCS remains in conference action Monday, visiting Rocky Mount Academy.


Lady Demons thump Red Rams 7-1

The Fike High girls tennis team fended off the final obstacle before a Thursday rematch with 3-A Big East Conference nemesis Rocky Mount by handing conference opponent Franklinton a 7-1 loss on Tuesday.

Now 12-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play, the Lady Golden Demons won five out of six singles matches to clinch the outcome. Fike picked up three wins by 6-0, 6-0 margins, including Logan Adkins at No. 1, Mia Hamblin at No. 5 and Cappa Hill at the No. 6 position.

Adkins improved to 12-1 at No. 1 singles, with Hamblin vaulting to 11-2. Also victorious was Anna Blair Thomas at No. 3 singles, who also improved to 11-2.

The match was halted before the completion of doubles due to rain. Adkins-Thomas and Hamblin-Hill each won by 8-0 scores at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. At No. 2, Sophia Meszaros-Reagan Brown led Franklinton’s Grace Cottrell-Emma Styers 5-4 at the time of the stoppage.

“We got the match in before the rain set in, although two doubles had to be stopped,” Fike coach Lee Matthews said. “The girls stayed focused despite the distractions of the looming Rocky Mount match and the presence of a college coach.”

Franklinton fell to 3-7 in all matches and remained winless through six Big East affairs.


Logan Adkins (F) def. Rachell McDonald 6-0, 6-0; Grace Cottrell (FRA) def. Avery Rose Brown 6-1, 6-3; Anna Blair Thomas (F) def. Carter Gilliam 6-0, 6-1; Sophia Meszaros (F) def. Emma Styers 6-1, 6-0; Mia Hamblin (F) def. Jeanna Vordran 6-0, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) def. Angelia Germann 6-0, 6-0.

Adkins-Thomas (F) def. McDonald-Gilliam 8-0; Meszaros-Reagan Brown (F) led Cottrell-Styers 5-4 when match halted; Hamblin-Hill (F) def. Vordran-Germann 8-0.

Lady Warriors fall to Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT —The Hunt High girls tennis team managed to win just three games in dropping a 9-0 3-A Big East Conference decision to conference-leading Rocky Mount on Tuesday.

Ali Parbst won two games at No. 5 singles and Megan Tillotson salvaged a game in the set set at No. 3.

The Lady Warriors, who have managed one conference win, continue conference play Wednesday at Franklinton.


Caroline Broderick (RM) def. Logan Hinnant 6-0, 6-0; Katy Moss (RM) def. Cara Moss 6-0, 6-0; Carson Broderick (RM) def. Megan Tillotson 6-0, 6-1; Mary K. Broderick (RM) def. Camille Ruiz 6-0, 6-0; Caroline Land (RM) def. Ali Parbst 6-1, 6-1; Madeline Daisimer (RM) def. McKenzie Hinnant 6-0, 6-0.

C. Broderick-Moss (RM) def. L. Hinnant-Tillotson 8-0; Car. Broderick-M. Broderick (RM) def. Ruiz-M. Hinnant 8-0; Land-Daisimer (RM) def. Moss-Parbst 8-0.

Ladybirds defeated by Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Southern Nash High girls tennis team was dealt a 7-2 3-A Big East Conference defeat by Northern Nash on Tuesday.

The Ladybirds, coming off a 9-0 loss to first-place Rocky Mount on Monday, dropped to 1-6 in the league and 7-8 overall.

Victorious against Northern Nash were Brandi Curtis in singles and the doubles team of Katelyn Cox-Alexis Mendez.