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Turning experience in exhibition matches into results in the top six is a focal point for the Beddingfield High girls tennis team in 2018.
So far, the Lady Bruins appear prepared to make that transition.
Playing in its season opener Tuesday, Beddingfield clinched the outcome in singles play by winning five of six matches before sweeping doubles en route to an 8-1 nonconference win over Tarboro. The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins did not participate in the annual Wilson Cup due to concerns with player availability.
Armed with five seniors in the starting lineup, Beddingfield notched singles wins from Karissa Hayes at No. 1, Yaqueline Rangel at No. 3, Jaylah Moore at No. 4 and Vanessa Urieta in the No. 6 spot. All four are seniors, with sophomore Annie Greene recording an 8-0 win over Tarboro’s Grace Creech at No. 5 singles.
Doubles play was all Beddingfield as Hayes-Rangel prevailed 8-6 at No. 1 singles over Tarboro’s sister combo of Grace Whitehurst-Hope Whitehurst. Nicholson-Moore turned in an 8-2 verdict at No. 2, with Greene-Urieta prevailing at the No. 3 position.
“With two good scrimmages at Greene Central, it felt like a third match in a lot of ways,” Beddingfield coach Jeremy Howard said. “I thought the girls performed well.”
Tarboro of the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference broke up the shutout by winning at No. 2 singles, where Hope Whitehurst stopped senior Cathy Nicholson 8-2.
Beddingfield visits county rival Hunt on Thursday.
BEDDINGFIELD 8, TARBORO 1
Karissa Hayes (B) def. Grace Whitehurst 8-2; Hope Whitehurtst (T) def. Cathy Nicholson 8-1; Yaqueline Rangel (B) def. Jordan Kersey 9-7; Jaylah Moore (B) def. Ashleigh Perkins 8-2; Annie Greene (B) def. Grace Creech 8-0; Vanessa Urieta (B) def. Cynthia Ribustello 8-1.
Hayes-Rangel (B) def. Whitehurst-Whitehutrst 8-6; Nicholson-Moore (B) def. Kersey-Creech 8-2; Greene-Urieta (B) def. Ribustelllo-Perkins.
Ladybirds knock off SWE 9-0
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash girls tennis team powered to its second straight 9-0 victory with a sweep of visiting SouthWest Edgecombe on Tuesday.
The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds upped their record to 2-1 with the nonconference victory. The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars were playing their first match.
Southern Nash dropped just one game in the match.
The Ladybirds will visit Smithfield-Selma on Wednesday while the Lady Cougars will be the guests of North Lenoir on Thursday.
SOUTHERN NASH 9,
SW EDGECOMBE 0
Stacie Winner (SN) def. Reagan Webb 6-1, 6-0; Katelyn Cox (SN) def. Emma Rogers 6-0, 6-0’ Brandi Curtis (SN) def. Leah Mowen 6-0, 6-0; Alexis Mendez (SN) def. Carley Edwards 6-0, 6-0; Karli Pernell (SN) def. Chloe Peaden 6-0, 6-0; Lesly Rodriguez (SN) def. Tlexis Jones 6-0, 6-0.
Winner-Curtis (SN) def. Webb-Mowen 8-0; Cox-Mendez (SN) def. Rogers-Edwards 8-0; Pernell-Rodriguez (SN) def. Peaden-Jones 8-0.
Lady Panthers blank SSS a 2nd time
KENLY — North Johnston handed Smithfield-Selma a 9-0 loss in girls tennis for the second time in a week as the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers pulled off the nonconference sweep Monday.
North Johnston, which sandwiched a 7-2 loss to West Johnston, in between the wins over the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference Lady Spartans (0-3), rose to 2-1.
The Lady Panthers dropped just one game in six singles matches, played in pro-set format, and two games in doubles.
NORTH JOHNSTON 9,
Maira Teruel (NJ) def. Jenna Baker 8-0; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Carlee Wilson 8-0; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Yameli Avila-Marmolejo 8-1; Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Sammira Evans 8-0; Hannah Sherrod (NJ) def. Leslie Reyes 8-0; Hayli Appell (NJ) def. Jenny Yang 8-0.
Teruel -Gachuz (NJ) def. Baker-Evans 8-2; Davis-Pearce (NJ) def. Wilson-Avila-Marmolejo 8-0; Sherrod-Appell (NJ) def. Reyes-Evans 8-0.
CBA stops Hunt in three sets
Senior Daelyn Brock had 16 kills Tuesday afternoon to help the Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team even its record with a 26-24, 25-22, 26-24 victory over Hunt.
CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Easten Caorlina Conference, received seven kills from sophomore Abbey Thomas. Junior Lydia Butler tacked on five kills.
Senior Makenzie Norris had 18 assists in directing the CBA offense. Abbey Thomas and junior Victoria Patnaude had four blocks each.
Defensively, the Lady Golden Falcons were paced by sophomore Audrey Dails’ 12 digs. Junior Lydia Butler had nine digs.
Statistics were not available for the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors (1-4), who dropped their fourth match in a row after claiming the season opener.
CBA is back in play Thursday at Rocky Mount. Hunt visits Corinth Holders on Tuesday, Aug, 28.
Ladybirds scrap past SW Edgecombe
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches by fighting past visiting SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference by a 25- 17, 17-25, 25-22, 25-23 count Tuesday evening.
Junior Carrigan Ewers supplied six blocks and five kills to trigger the Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference to their third win against one loss.
Ewers was complemented by Olivia Cruz with six kills and Tristian Foster with three.
“It was a big team effort to achieve the win,” commented third-year Southern Nash head coach Melanie Hicks. “The girls battled with key digs and great passes to advance past SWE.”
The Ladybirds invade the 3-A ranks when they visit Smithfield-Selma on Thursday.
Wilson Christian rallies, wins debut
RALEIGH — In opening its 2018 season, the Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team bounced back from losses in its first two sets to overcome host New Life Camp 22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-11.
“One of the greatest games I have ever coached,” expressed Lady Chargers head coach Ryan Vanderboegh.
WCA junior Ashley Hartsfield responded with 18 assists, five digs, a kill and two aces, and, said Vanderboegh: “Did a crazy good job of running the offense.”
Hartsfield was complemented by junior Lydia Renfrow with six digs and an ace; senior Christy Jones with three kills, five aces, three assists and 11 digs; senior McKenna Griffin with an ace, 16 kills, six digs and a block; sophomore Tori Linkous with 14 kills, sophomore Dani Reece with two kills, four digs and an ace; and senior Reagan Lamm with two aces and four digs.
The Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks visit Halifax Academy next Thursday.
Lady Demons sweep Bunn
BUNN — Fike ended its three-game road swing to start the varsity volleyball season with a 3-0 conquest of host Bunn on Monday.
The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Demons improved to 2-1 with the 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 sweep of the 2-A Lady Wildcats (2-2) of the 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Senior middle hitter Ashleigh Sage led Fike with nine kills while serving a team-high 25 points, including three aces,
Reece Nelson doled out 15 assists to go with 10 service points, including a pair of aces, while Kendall Harris handed out six assists and served 14 points with two aces. Taylor Boykin contributed 14 service points.
“The team played hard in a very hot and humid gym,” said first-year head coach Brent Secrest. “I was pleased with the effort and still working on a few different rotations.”
Lady Cyclones sweep CIC opener
WINTERVILLE — Junior Logan Woodard had nine kills and four aces Tuesday night to lead the Community Christian School varsity volleyball team to victory in its 1-A Coastal Independents Conference opener Tuesday night in a 25-8, 25-15, 25-22 win at Winterville Christ Covenant.
CCS (1-1) picked up eight service points and 10 assists from junior setter Kayla Farmer. Eighth grader Abigail Jackson and sophomore Makayla Webb each tallied 10 service points. The duo combined for seven aces, with Webb launching four.
The Spartans, former members of the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, remained winless through two games.
CCS returns to Peace Church on Thursday to face CIC foe Faith Christian of Rocky Mount.
Singles sweep keys Lady Knights
The Greenfield School girls tennis team captured five singles bouts before rain arrived Tuesday, sending the Lady Knights to a 5-0 victory over Ridgecroft at Barton Tennis Complex.
Winning in singles play for Greenfield was Avery Williams at No. 1, Anna Grace Beddingfield at No. 2, Forbes Good at No. 3, Bailee Hayes at No. 4 and Fletcher Worrell in the No. 5 position.
Doubles were not contested.