AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Chargers sweep Friendship for 3-0 start

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RALEIGH — Wilson Christian’s varsity volleyball team remained unbeaten through its first three games — all on the road — as the Lady Chargers won in three sets Friday evening at Friendship Christian.

McKenna Griffin and Tori Linkous led Wilson with 11 kills each while Griffin served four aces and Linkous served three. Ashley Hartsfield had a team-high 18 assists to go with two digs, two kills and an ace. Christy Jones added five assists, four digs, a kill and an ace as the Lady Chargers defeated their former North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region rival by a 25-11, 25-22, 25-17 tally. Friendship moved to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association this year.

“We started out well but then kind of relaxed in the second one and we had to come from behind to win it,” said Lady Chargers head coach Ryan Vanderboegh, who added that his team gave up too many points off errors.

“Once we fix that, we’re going to be a very difficult team to beat,” he said.

The Lady Chargers play their home opener Tuesday, hosting Fellowship Baptist of Durham, starting around 5:30 p.m.


Lady Knights knock off Christ Covenant

The lower portion of the lineup proved to be the muscle for the Greenfield School girls tennis team in a 6-3 win over Christ Covenant of Winterville on Friday on the Barton College Tennis Complex courts.

The Lady Knights, who stopped a three-game skid, got wins from Nos. 3-6 in singles as well as the second and third doubles tandems. Jade Pridgen at No. 3, Luisa Lee at No. 4 and Alex Garner at No. 6 all won their matches without yielding a game while Margaret Covington claimed a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 5.

Pridgen-Lee and Mae Pridgen-Anna Grace Beddingfield produced shutouts at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, respectively.

Greenfield, now 2-3, returns to action Monday at Faith Christian in Rocky Mount.


Lily Aranyos (CC) def. Avery Vester 6-0, 6-1; Saramah Goins (CC) def. Ryann Jennings 6-2, 6-0; Jade Pridgen (G) def. Kassidy Cestero 6-0, 6-0; Luisa Lee (G) def. Grace Packard 6-0, 6-0; Margaret Covington (G) def. Maddie Singleton 6-2, 6-1; Alex Garner (G) def. Amellia Smartnick 6-0, 6-0.

Aranyos-Goins (CC) def. Vester-Jennings 8-2; Pridgen-Lee (G) def. Cestero-Smartnick 8-0; Mae Pridgen-Anna Grace Beddingfield (G) def. Packard-Singleton 8-0.

Lady Panthers sweep past Princeton 9-0

KENLY — Junior Samantha Davis posted an 8-0 pro-set victory at No. 3 singles to highlight performances for the North Johnston High girls tennis team in a 9-0 victory over Princeton on Thursday afternoon.

North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference improved to 3-2 in quickly clinching the outcome in singles.

Senior Maira Teruel, senior Olivia Gachuz, junior Samantha Davis, sophomore Arial Pearce, sophomore Hannah Sherrod and junior Hayli Appell all won in singles for North Johnston.

In doubles, the tandems of Teruel-Gachuz, Davis-Pearce and Sherrod-Appell prevailed at Nos. 1-3 doubles, respectively.

“Princeton is a young team that is improving fast,” North Johnston coach David Anderson said. “They are well coached, and their young ladies play hard. Our young ladies were just a little more consistent. I am very proud of the pace that our girls are progressing.”

Princeton of the 1-A Carolina Conference dropped to 0-2.

North Johnston hosts Clayton on Monday.


Maria Teruel (NJ) def. Lauren Lawhon 8-4; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Katie Leslie 8-4; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Maecy Blake 8-0; Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Breanna Dye 8-1; Hannah Sherrod (NJ) def. Lydia Pearson 8-2; Hayli Appell (NJ) def. Katlyn Askew 8-6.

Teruel-Gachuz (NJ) def. Leslie-Rachel Creech 8-2; Davis-Pearce (NJ) def. Lawhon-Dye 8-5; Sherrod-Appell (NJ) def. Pearson-Blake 8-2.


Rams blitzed by Conley, 8-1

WINTERVILLE — The Greene Central High varsity boys soccer team suffered its first loss after three wins with an 8-1 loss at D.H. Conley on Thursday.

Junior Ulises Mora had the lone goal for the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Rams of head coach Matthew Gnau, with Giovany Marcos getting the assist.

Greene Central, which hosts Princeton on Tuesday, outscored its first three opponents by a 24-4 margin.

Conley, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, improved to 3-1-1.


Wilson Christian still seeking 1st victory

A pair of road losses Thursday and Friday left the Wilson Christian junior varsity volleyball still seeking its first victory of the season.

The Lady Chargers dropped to 0-3 with a 26-24, 25-15, 25-19 defeat Friday at Friendship Christian in Raleigh, a day after losing 25-19, 16-25, 25-22 at Halifax Academy in Roanoke Rapids.

In Friday’s match, Peyton Norville led the Lady Chargers with 14 service points, including three aces, and two kills. Paige Barnes produced eight service points, with three aces, and Reagan Barnes totaled four kills, a dig and an ace.

Sparking the WCA cause Thursday were Jennifer Edmondson with six digs, 11 service points and five aces; Paige Barnes with 10 kills, 12 service points and four aces; Norville with 10 kills, 12 service points and four aces; Chloe Willard with 15 assists and one kill; and Lindsey Hunter with two kills, a dig and an ace.

Wilson Christian hosts Fellowship Christian of Durham for its home opener Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.