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For the second straight match, the “exhibition girls” for the Beddingfield High girls tennis team held up when the stakes were raised.
The Lady Bruins, whose Nos. 2-6 players have dabbled in some form of exhibition play over the last couple of seasons, picked up 4 of its five singles points in those positions, and senior Karissa Hayes turned in an easy victory on the showcase court to send Beddingfield to a 7-2 win over county rival Hunt on Thursday afternoon.
Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference emerged with a 2-0 record and visits Tarboro on Tuesday afternoon, an opponent the Lady Bruins defeated in their opener.
From Nos. 3-6, senior Yaqueline Rangle, senior Jaylah Moore, sophomore Annie Greene and senior Vanessa Urieta all won their singles matches. Beddingfield was 2-0 in third-set tiebreakers, with Rangle getting by Hunt’s Aly Parbst with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 decision. Urieta split sets with the Lady Warriors’ Camen Boykin at No. 6 and led 6-4 in the tiebreak when Boykin was forced to retire.
“In certain spots, it was evenly matched in spots three through six,” Beddingfield coach Jeremy Howard said. “Those could have gone either way.”
Hunt (0-3) of the 3-A Big East Conference picked up a point in singles and doubles, with senior Logan Hinnant defeating Beddingfield’s Cathy Nicholson 6-2, 6-1. In doubles, junior Camille Ruiz and sophomore Emma Godwin took down the Lady Bruins’ Ashley Alarcon-Sarah Duneas 9-8(3).
“The exhibition girls — two through six from last year — have stepped up and taken the next step,” Howard said. “They don’t stop; they keep playing.”
Hunt hosts North Johnston on Tuesday.
BEDDINGFIELD 7, HUNT 2
Karissa Hayes (B) def. Cara Moss 6-1, 6-0; Logan Hinnant (H) def. Cathy Nicholson 6-2, 6-1; Yaqueline Rangle (B) def. Aly Parbst 6-3, 3-6, 10-6; Jaylah Moore (B) def. McKenzie Hinnant 6-2, 6-4; Annie Greene (B) def. Camille Ruiz 7-5, 6-3; Vanessa Urieta (B) def. Carmen Boykin 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4, ret.
Hayes-Rangel (B) def. Moss-Hinnant 8-3; Nicholson-Moore (B) def. Parks-Hinnant 8-1; Ruiz-Emma Godwin (H) def. Ashley Alarcon-Sarah Duneas 9-8(3).
Lady Bruins clip SSS and Tarboro
The Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team completed a three-match week with a 2-1 mark by virtue of a 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 triumph against 1-A Tarboro on Thursday
The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference bounced back from Monday’s loss to Southern Nash to defeat 3-A Smithfield-Selma 25-15. 25-22, 25-14 on Wednesday. With a 4-1 record, Beddingfield seeks revenge at Southern Nash on Monday and visits Greene Central for a rematch on Tuesday.
Against Tarboro, sophomore Neleh Bottoms paced Beddingfield with 11 kills, while 6-foot-4 junior Makayla Everette slammed nine. Senior Kaitlin Abrams led the Lady Bruins serving with nine points, followed by Brittany Dudley with six.
Beddingfield leaders against Tarboro were Rachel Rodgers with 16 service points and Everette and AaNiyah Sherrod with seven kills each.
Wilson Christian turns back Halifax
ROANOKE RAPIDS — The visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team steadily progressed from a sluggish start to turn back Halifax Academy 25-19, 25-22, 25-10 for its second win without a loss Thursday evening.
The Lady Chargers served for 19 aces and capped the performance with a 25-10 win in the third set.
WCA coach Ryan Vanderboegh noted the heat in a gym without air-conditioning and commented: “We started out sluggish but, in the middle of the second set, we started to get into the flow of things a little bit. The third set was really good; we decided to go ahead and put them away.”
Senior McKenna Griffin registered nine kills, three aces and an assist.
Sophomore Tori Linkous added six kills, six aces and a dig. Junior Ashley Hartsfield notched 21 assists, three aces, three digs and a kill. Senior Christy Jones contributed four kills, four aces and six digs.
The Lady Chargers seek their third road victory in as many evenings against Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Friday at 6 p.m.
Community Christian defeated by Faith
ROCKY MOUNT — After winning the opening set, the Community Christian School varsity volleyball team could not find the winning combination and dropped a 24-26, 25-14, 25-16, 25-20 decision to Faith Christian on Thursday.
Lauren Pate keyed the Lady Cyclones with nine service points, four aces and 11 kills. Morgan Garner chipped in with 13 service points, five aces and two kills.
CCS also got four service points, four aces and five kills from Logan Woodard and five service points and 19 assists from Kayla Farmer.
The outcome left the Lady Cyclones with a 1-1 Coastal Conference mark and 1-2 overall record.
Bailey twins serve Ladybirds to win
SMITHFIELD — The Bailey twins, Alissa and Taylor, served for 30 points to lead the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team to a 25-10, 25-19, 25-12 conquest of 3-A Smithfield-Selma on Thursday.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference posted their fourth consecutive win after a season-opening loss and welcome 2-A Beddingfield for a rematch Monday.
Alissa Bailey served six consecutive points in each game and Taylor Bailey served for eight consecutive points at one juncture. Marley Winstead chipped in with four consecutive service points on two occasions.
Olivia Cruz and Carrigan Ewers each managed four kills for Southern Nash.
C.B. Aycock rolls past Rocky Mount
ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team climbed above .500 with a 4-3 record by thumping Rocky Mount of the 3-A Big East Conference 25-10, 25-7, 25-13 on Thursday.
The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference were triggered by senior Daelyn Brock with nine kills and junior Abbey Thomas with nine. Sophomore Audrey Dail served for seven aces, while juniors Jenna Oliver and Lydia Butler tallied four each. CBA’s attack produced 19 aces.
Dail amassed 15 of the Lady Falcons’ 46 digs, while Brock contributed eight and Thomas six. Oliver spearheaded the playmaking with 23 assists, while senior Makenzie Norris recorded nine.
CBA continues nonconference play at 2-A Ayden-Grifton on Monday.
Error-plagued Fike struggles vs. Falcons
Plagued by 38 service errors, the host Fike High varsity volleyball team stood little chance against undefeated 4-A power South Central, which recorded a 25-10. 25-14. 25-9 win Wednesday.
The record for the Lady Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 3-2, with both losses administed by South Central. The Lady Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference climbed to 7-0.
Top Fike performers were 6-foot-3 senior Ashleigh Sage with five kills and two aces and junior Taylor Boykin with six service points.
“The girls played hard in their third straight game of the week,” said first-year Fike head coach Brent Secrest. “Credit to South Central for being very active and aggressive. We didn’t give ourselves a chance with the service errors.”
The Lady Demons continue nonconference play at 2-A North Lenoir on Tuesday.
Tigers growl past Faith Christian, 9-0
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Rodney Wimberly, sophomore Alberto Herrera and senior Luis Herrera each drilled in two goals as the Wilson Preparatory Academy boys soccer team kicked off its season with a 9-0 rout of Faith Christian on Thursday.
The Tigers growled to a 4-0 halftime lead and pounded the Patriots for five more goals in the abbreviated second half.
Junior Leo Giddens, sophomore Lisandro Ochoa and sophomore Devyn Bullock each netted a goal. Collecting an assist each were Wimberly, Alberto Herrera and Luis Herrera.
Wilson Prep launched 34 shots and freshman goalkeeper Cameron Bryant registered a save on Faith’s only shot on goal. Junior Nick Hyman got brief time in goal.