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Not only did the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team win its 11th straight game Tuesday, sewing up the No. 1 seed in the North Carolina Christian School Athletic Association 2-A East Region, the Chargers made it easy on head coach Don Samson and assistants Reid Petway and Jordan Skinner.
The Chargers defeated Wilmington Christian 5-1 in a match that had all the drama — thankfully, for the Chargers braintrust — sucked out of it in the first 20 minutes.
Zach Hunter buried a shot off a pass from Brice Murray in the ninth minute and, five minutes later, Gabe Barnes finished a pass from Ethan Mitchell for a 2-0 Wilson Christian lead. Will Hoskins made it 3-0 in the 17th minute with Mitchell making his second assist before Hunter completed the opening barrage in the 19th with goal off a Hoskins pass.
“It was kind of everything we were hoping for, we just took care of it early,” Samson said.
Wilson Christian got another goal from Barnes, with Hunter on the assist, in the 68th minute. The Chargers outshot the Patriots 24-7 while goalkeeper Harrison Parker made five saves in 75 minutes and Josh Vanderpool finished up, making one save.
The Chargers finished the regular season 13-4-2 overall and 9-1 in region play. They will host Bethel Christian of Kinston in the first round of the NCCSA 2-A playoffs Friday at 6 p.m.
Wilson Christian’s last loss came Sept. 4 to Raleigh Christian, which proved to be a bit of a revelation for the Chargers. Samson said his players realized in that match that they needed to improve their movement off the ball and made the adjustment.
Lady Chargers handed first loss
After 18 matches, the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team walked off the court without a win Tuesday night as visiting Wilmington Christian handed the Lady Chargers a 25-22, 25-23, 25-12 loss.
Senior McKenna Griffin had 15 kills and six digs for Wilson Christian, which fell to 17-1 and 8-1 within the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region.
Wilmington improved to 12-6 in all games and is unbeaten in nine region enconters.
Head coach Ryan Vanderboegh assured the competitive order of play was closer than the scoreline indicated.
“We should have won the first two sets,” Vanderboegh lamented.
Sophomore Tori Linkous posted five kills, with senior Christy Jones finishing with four kills and 14 digs.
Junior Ashley Hartsfield had 16 assists and five digs from her setter position. Reagan Lamm, a senior, had four digs.
The Lady Chargers will open the NCCSA 2-A postseason at home Friday night against an opponent to be determined.
Ladybirds defeated in Big East semis
FRANKLINTON — A playoff match against Fike will determine whether the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team will keep its season alive after dropping a 25-20, 25-13, 26-24 decision to regular-season champion Franklinton in the semifinals of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament Tuesday.
The Ladybirds and Fike split regular-season meetings, tied for third place at 5-5 and each exited in the tournament semifinals Tuesday. A date, time and location for the match had not been determined Tuesday evening.
Southern Nash, with a 13-9 record, was coming off a 21-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 15-4 conquest of No. 5-seeded Rocky Mount in Monday’s quarterfinal at Southern Nash.
Lyndsey Turner sparked the No. 4 Ladybirds with 14 kills. Turner was supported by Olivia Cruz with 11 kills, Magan Bland with nine and Taylor Bailey with eight. Alissa Bailey and Bland each served for six aces.
Southern Nash needed multiple rallies to stave off the Lady Gryphons.
Wilson Christian falls in finale
The Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team ended its season with a 25-11, 25-8 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region loss to visiting Wilmington Christian on Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers finished with a 12-6 record.
Tuesday’s leaders were Reagan Barnes with five service points, an ace and three digs; Peyton Norville with a kill and four digs; Jennifer Edmondson with nine digs; and Lindsey Hunter with five digs.