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KENLY — The Beddingfield High girls tennis team has adopted a philosophy that has served other teams from the eastern part of North Carolina well in postseason play — survive singles and get to the team strength of doubles with a chance to win.
While the Lady Bruins’ playoff prospects are a long way off, doubles has given Beddingfield the early inside track to the school’s second conference championship in program history.
Trailing defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conference champion North Johnston 4-2 heading into doubles, the Lady Bruins, who entered the day 11-1 in such matches, staged a thrilling rally, sweeping past the Lady Panthers 5-4 to remain unbeaten through five matches.
The result boosted Beddingfield to 14-1 through five matches in doubles play, with the only loss being at No. 3 with substitutes in an Aug. 23 match versus Hunt. The Lady Panthers, also playing their conference opener, dropped to 5-3.
“We’ve had compliments from Tarboro and North Johnston on how we play our doubles,” Beddingfield coach Jeremy Howard said. “That’s what got it done. We’re playing a good brand of doubles right now.”
Beddingfield allowed its doubles to do the work after getting victories at No. 1 and 5 singles. At the top, senior Karissa Hayes had a 6-2, 7-5 win over Maira Teruel, while sophomore Annie Greene eased past Hannah Sherrod 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5. For North Johnston, the Lady Panthers picked off three third-set tiebreakers, including junior Samantha Davis at No. 3, sophomore Arial Pearce at No. 4 and senior Bella Holland at No. 6. Olivia Gachuz, a senior, won in straight sets over Beddingfield’s Cathy Nicholson at No. 2 singles to reach 8-0.
But Beddingfield, as it has done in all five matches to date, flashed unmatched chemistry in doubles.
Greene and her partner, senior Vanessa Urieta, picked up an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles as the first tandem off the court. Key for the Lady Bruins was at No. 2, where Nicholson and senior Jaylah Moore battled back from a 7-6 deficit to rally off the final three games. As that match ended to tie the team affair at 4, Hayes and senior Yaqueline Rangel extended to a 7-4 lead against Teruel-Gachuz. NJ moved to within 7-5 before the Lady Bruins closed it out.
“It was a fun brand of tennis to watch tonight,” Howard said. “Hats off to North Johnston — they just played hard.”
Beddingfield will next be in action Monday at home against Northern Nash. The Lady Bruins were scheduled to play North Pitt next, but Howard learned Tuesday that it will not field a girls tennis team this season.
BEDDINGFIELD 5, NORTH JOHNSTON 4
Karissa Hayes (B) Maira Teruel 6-2, 7-5; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Cathy Nicholson 6-2, 6-3; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Yaqueline Rangel, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Jaylah Moore 6-3, 2-6, 10-3; Annie Greene (B) def. Hannah Sherrod 6-1, 6-0; Bella Holland (NJ) def. Vanessa Urieta 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Hayes-Rangel (B) def. Teruel-Gachuz 8-5; Nicholson-Moore (B) def. Davis-Pearce 9-7; Greene-Urieta (B) def. Sherrod-Holland 8-3.
Hunt tumbles 8-1 in Big East debut
ROCKY MOUNT —Camille Ruiz, at No. 5 singles, posted the Hunt lone win in an 8-1 girls tennis loss to host Northern Nash in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon.
Ruiz outlasted the Lady Knights’ Nelms 6-4, 3-6, (10-6), but the Lady Warriors remained winless on the season.
At No. 4, Hunt’s Ali Parbst was denied with a loss in a 10-6 tiebreaker that constituted the third set. Megan Tillotson dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 3; and McKinney Hinnant fell 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6.
The Lady Warriors continue conference play at Rocky Mount on Thursday.
NORTHERN NASH 8, HUNT 1
Harrison (NN) def. Cara Moss 6-0, 6-1; Thomas (NN) def. Logan Hinnant 6-0, 6-0; Dees (NN) def. Megan Tillotson 7-5, 6-4; Vaughan (NN) def. Ali Parbst 6-3, 5-7, (10-6); Camille Ruiz (H) def. Nelms 6-4, 3-6, (10-6); Palmer (NN) def. Mckenzie Hinnant 7-5, 6-2.
Harrison-Thomas (NN) def. L. Hinnant-Tillotson 8-1; Vaughan-Palmer (NN) def. Moss-Parbst 8-4; Dees-Lee (NN) def. Ruiz-M. Hinnant 8-5.
Undefeated Fike blanks Ladybirds
The undefeated Fike High girls tennis team stepped into 3-A Big East Conference competition with a 9-0 triumph against visiting Southern Nash on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Golden Demons, 7-0, swept the singles in straight sets and dropped but six games in the three doubles matches.
Logan Adkins, at No. 1, upped her record to 7-0. Anna Blair Thomas, at No. 3; No. 5 Mia Hamblin and No. 6 Cappa Hill all stand 6-1.
“It’s important to start the conference schedule with a win,” commented Fike coach Lee Matthews. “The girls came out after the long weekend and were very focused.”
The Ladybirds, also opening conference play, slipped to 5-3.
Wilson Christian surges to 6-0 start
RALEIGH — The undefeated string reached six matches for the Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team that served into North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play with a 17-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 triumph against host Raleigh Christian on Tuesday evening.
Lady Chargers head coach Ryan Vanderboegh noted Raleigh Christian got his team’s attention with its first-set win.
“They worked very hard to return a lot of balls,” Vanderboegh explained. “They were better than I thought, but we started slow, sluggish. We’ve got to do a better job of starting.”
WCA ruled the second through fourth sets as senior McKenna Griffin pounded 13 kills and added an ace, a block and two digs. Sophomore Tori Linkous knocked down eight kills and served for 10 aces. She had two digs and a block.
Senior Christy Jones responded with nine kills and six digs. Junior Ashley Hartsfield notched 31 assists and four aces. Sophomore Dani Reece served for four aces, and junior Lydia Renfrow had two kills.
The Lady Chargers next see action at home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Halifax Academy.
Lady Cyclones top Christ Covenant
The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team found the winning combination in the form of a 25-13, 25-19, 25-13 outcome against Christ Covenant of Winterville on Tuesday.
Lauren Pate sparked the Lady Cyclones with 10 service points, 10 aces and seven kills.
Morgan Garner served for 11 aces in notching 19 service points and notched five kills. Bobbiann Lee’s eight service points included six aces. Kayla Farmer chipped in with 11 assists, six service points and a pair of aces.
Ladybirds ambushed at West Johnston
BENSON — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team walked into an ambush Tuesday evening, falling 25-3, 25-18, 25-17 to West Johnston of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference own a 6-3 record going into their next match against Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
Southern Nash leaders were Taylor Bailey with five kills, Lyndsey Turner and Olivia Cruz with four kills each and Magan Bland with six service points.
Chargers fall 4-3 in region opener
RALEIGH —The visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys soccer team constructed a 3-1 lead only to see it vanish into a 4-3 loss to host Raleigh Christian in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opener for both squads Tuesday.
The Chargers tumbled to 2-4-2 going into Friday’s match against conference foe Vereen Baptist of Faytteville. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
WCA opened the scoring on an unassisted goal from Gabe Barnes in the 10th minute. The cushion became 2-0 in the 15th minute when Nathan Murray finished an assist from Zach Hunter.
Barnes, on an assist from Jackson Hoskins, knocked in his second goal for a 3-1 WCA lead with 32 minutes elapsed.
Raleigh Christian closed the deficit to 3-2 at halftime, drilled in the equalizer in the 46th minute and scored the winning goal in the 63rd minute.
WCA registered a 21-11 margin in shots and Chargers goalkeeper Harrison Parker managed three saves.
Guzman’s hat trick propels DASH to mercy-rule win
Salvador Guzman recorded a hat trick, putting away three goals Tuesday as the DASH Homeschool varsity boys soccer team eased its way to a 9-0 mercy-rule shortened win over Fayetteville Homeschool.
Eric Barry put away two goals for DASH, now 5-3-2 overall. Rene Salas, Ian Dixon, Elijah Skinner and Avery Fritsch also scored for DASH, which led 4-0 at the half. Five second-half tallies finished it early, including the clincher 20 minutes into the second half.
Quinten Thayer had two assists.
“Fayetteville is a young team and that allowed us to work on things at times and also play a few players that don’t see as much field time as we would like them to see,” DASH head coach Steve Barry said. “I thought Ian Dixon and Quinten Thayer had very good games for us.”
DASH travels to Southwest Wake Homeschool on Friday.
Tigers overwhelm Faith Christian 8-2
Seven players found the back of the net for the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys soccer team Tuesday night in an 8-2 win over Faith Christian of Rocky MOunt.
Sophomore Alberto Herrera had a pair of goals for the Tigers, now 3-1 overall. Herrera added an assist.
Five additional sophomores tallied goals in Omar Nigoche, Malik Bryant, Corey Atkinson, Lissandro Ochoa and Devyn Bullock. Dylan Skinner, an eighth grader, had the eighth tally off a header.
Bryant, Ochoa and Bullock added assists.
In goal, freshman Cameron Bryant notched four saves. The Tigers, who put 24 of 30 shots on frame, led 2-1 at the half before a six-goal outburst in the second half.
Wilson Prep plays host to Southern Wake Academy on Thursday.
Lady Chargers clip Raleigh Christian
RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team launched North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region competition with a 25-5, 25-15 conquest of host Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers boosted their record to 2-3 and next see action at home against Halifax Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Sparking the WCA win were Reagan Barnes with 12 services points, nine aces and two kills; Peyton Norville with four aces, Chloe Woolard with three assists and Ellyn Watson with four assists and three kills.