AREA ROUNDUP: Ladybirds win fifth straight, sweep aside Beddingfield

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STANHOPE — Buoyed by an abundance of hustle as noted by head coach Melanie Davis, the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team made it five consecutive victories Monday with a crisp 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 nonconference conquest of Beddingfield.

Southern Nash (5-1) of the 3-A Big East Conference combined for 13 aces from the trio of junior Magan Bland, sophomore Taylor Bailey and junior Olivia Cruz. Bland had six aces.

Inside the 10-foot line, middle blocker Lyndsey Turner patrolled the net with eight kills and four blocks. Carrigan Ewers, a junior, and Cruz had four blocks each.

Sophomore Alissa Bailey ran the offense, generating 15 of Southern’s assists on 21 kills.

Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference slipped to 3-2.

The Ladybirds, unbeaten since losing their opener to West Johnston, visit SouthWest Edgecombe on Tuesday in an attempt to sweep the season series. Beddingfield is at Greene Central.

Lady Cyclones foiled by RMA

ROCKY MOUNT — The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team was handed a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 defeat by 1-A Coastal Independents Conference opponent Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Monday.

Leading the way offensively for CCS (1-3, 1-2 CIC) was junior Lauren Pate with eight kills and seven service points. Pate also led the attack from the service line with three aces.

Junior Kayla Farmer tallied six assists. Logan Woodard, a junior, had five service points and three kills while Morgan Garner, the team’s lone senior, finished with six service points and a pair of kills.

CCS remains in conference play Tuesday, traveling to The Oakwood School of Greenville.


Greenfield tripped by Faith Christian

ROCKY MOUNT — After splitting the opening two sets, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team could make no further progress against Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Monday, dropping a 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21 nonconference decision.

Greenfield (1-3), a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, was led by the 10 assists and five service points of senior Mary Margarett Coats. Sumer Hassan had 35 digs defensively to go along with four kills and four service points.

Faith Christian, a 2-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independent Conference, improved to 5-1.

Greenfield opens up the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference portion of its schedule Friday at first-year conference member Raleigh Friendship Christian.


Lady Cycs progressing in return season

For a program that was dormant for more than a decade, the Community Christian girls tennis team isn’t worried about wins and losses right now, although there are more of the latter than the former.

The Lady Cyclones dropped to 0-3 on the season with a 9-0 defeat at Rocky Mount Academy on Monday. CCS, which plays its home matches at Barton College Tennis Complex, lost its season opener Tuesday, Aug. 21, by a 6-3 margin at Christ Covenant in Winterville. Picking up singles wins for the Lady Cyclones were Lexi Gardner and Olivia Walker before teaming to triumph at No. 2 doubles.

CCS was then swept by Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Barton.

Still, head coach Josh Harris is pleased with his team’s progress, considering none of his players had any experience in the sport.

“None of them had picked up a racquet until June 2018, so they’ve completely progressed,” he said.

The Lady Cyclones go at it again Tuesday when they visit The Oakwood School in Greenville.

Monday, Aug. 27


Anne Sumner-Thorpe (RMA) def. Ashley Abrams 8-0; Shetta Hony (RMA) def. Kaylee Liles 8-0; Lillie Daughtridge (RMA) def. Lexi Gardner 8-1; Ari Henderson (RMA) def. Olivia Walker 8-1; Eliza Myers (RMA) def. Hadley Borg 8-0; Ben Barnhill (RMA) def. Tori Oliver 8-0.

Haven Ross-Sumner-Thorpe (RMA) def. Abrams-Liles 8-0; Daughtridge-Caroline Gray (RMA) def. Gardner-Walker 8-0; Hony-Ada Everette (RMA) def. Borg-Oliver 8-0.

Tuesday, Aug. 21


Lily Aranyos (CC) def. Ashley Abrams 6-0, 6-0; Kassidy Cestero (CC) def. Kaylee Liles 6-0, 6-2; Lexi Gardner (CCS) def. Gracie Packard 6-4, 6-4; Olivia Walker (CCS) def. Amellia Smartnick 6-4, 6-1; Maddie Singleton (CC) def. Hadley Borg 6-1, 6-2; Ella Hepo (CC) def. Tori Oliver 6-3, 6-4.

Aranyos-Cestero (CC) def. Abrams-Liles 8-0; Gardner-Walker (CCS) def. Packard-Smartnick 8-5; Singleton-Hepo (CC) def. Borg-Oliver 8-2.

Thursday, Aug. 23


Anna Thompson (FC) def. Ashley Abrams 6-0, 6-0; Emily Soundergard (FC) def. Kaylee Liles 6-0, 6-0; Sarah Butler (FC) def. Lexi Gardner 6-0, 6-1; Olivia Pannell (FC) def. Olivia Walker 6-1, 6-0; Kristy Jones (FC) def. Hadley Borg 6-0, 6-0; Sarah Nelms (FC) def. Tori Oliver 6-0, 6-0.

Thompson-Soundergard (FC) Def. Abrams-Liles 8-0; Butler-Jones (FC) def. Gardner-Walker 8-1; Molly Ess-Anna Wilson (FC) def. Borg-Oliver 8-0.

Improved SN can’t solve West Johnston

STANHOPE — Seniors Stacie Winner and Brandi Curtis helped the Southern Nash High girls tennis team extend Monday’s match with West Johnston into doubles play, but the Wildcats swept the doubles contests to pull away for a 7-2 victory.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds fell to 3-2, with their two losses coming at the hands of West Johnston. The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Wildcats, who remained unbeaten through seven matches, handed Southern Nash a 9-0 loss on Aug. 14.

Winner climbed to 3-0 in the No. 1 singles position, as did Curtis at No. 3.


Chargers kept winless by WCD 4-2

GOLDSBORO — Senior Zach Hunter kept the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team on level terms with Wayne Country Day through one half Monday afternoon, but faulty transition play allowed WCD to pocket a pair of second-half tallies and pull away for a 4-2 victory.

In the battle of Charger mascots, Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks remained winless at 0-3-2 against a formidable early schedule. Wayne Country Day, a 2-A member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, stayed unbeaten through six matches.

“We’re 0-3-2, but we’re seeing small things that if we make small adjustments, we could be 4-1,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “We’re pleased with what we’re seeing.”

Wilson Christian jumped out in front in the eighth minute, with Hunter putting away a pass from freshman Alex Torres. Wayne Country Day took a 2-1 advantage with goals in the eighth and 18th minutes, but WCA equalized before halftime once sophomore Spencer Parker was fouled inside the 18-yard box. Hunter stepped to the mark and put away the penalty, making it 2-2 at the half.

In the second half, Wayne Country Day, which owned a 20-15 advantage in shots, flipped the field faster than Wilson Christian’s defense could react. The hosts put away the go-ahead goal quickly in the 43rd minute, and with numbers pressed forward for Wilson Christian, added the insurance tally in the 75th.

Following the first goal off a corner kick, Samson said that Wayne Country Day’s final three goals came in transition.

“We didn’t handle it well,” he said.

Junior Harrison Parker collected five saves for Wilson Christian, which hosts Durham Fellowship Baptist on Tuesday.

Firebirds, NC battle to 1-1 draw

STANHOPE — Despite recovering from an early defensive lapse and getting the better of play after equalizing in the second half, the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw with former 3-A Big East Conference foe Nash Central on Monday.

The Firebirds (1-1-2) trailed by a goal at the half as Nash Central (1-2-1), now in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, finished off a Southern defensive miscue. Southern Nash tied it with 25 minutes remaining, using an unassisted finish from junior Adolfo Gonzalez.

Junior Alonso Villareal had five saves for Southern Nash in goal.

Knights rally past Chargers 2-1

Senior Jackson Stone’s goal with less than 10 minutes remaining lifted the host Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team to a 2-1 conquest of city rival Wilson Christian Academy on Friday night.

With the score knotted 1-1 and time winding down, Sebastian Partida switched the ball to Stone. Stone, with hesitation moves, took on and beat three defenders and, with his left foot, slid the ball into the lower left corner.”

The one-goal margin stood and Greenfield upped its record to 4-2-2. The Chargers were left 0-2-2.

The Chargers claimed a 1-0 lead in the opening two minutes. A ball off the foot of Alex Torres was deflected by a Greenfield defender, and Thomas Evans was on the spot to put the ball into the goal.

The Knights evened the score with approximately 10 minutes left in the opening half. Nathan Lozevski received a pinpoint pass with his left foot and ripped a shot into the lower right corner for his first varsity goal.


Greenfield bows to Faith Christian

ROCKY MOUNT — The Greenfield School volleyball team is still in search of its first win after a 25-13, 25-10 loss to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Monday afternoon.

CBA swept at Ayden-Grifton

AYDEN — The C.B. Aycock volleyball team was handed a 25-10, 25-15 loss by host Ayden-Grifton on Monday.

Kaitlyn Smith and Kayla Applewhite each had three kills for CBA (2-5) while Emily Feddersen had seven assists and served three aces.