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STANHOPE — The visiting Hunt High varsity volleyball team was forced four games before emerging with a 25-12, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 3-A Big East Conference victory against Southern Nash on Tuesday.

The Lady Warriors climbed to 3-0 in the conference and 9-6 overall. Hunt is undefeated in 13 conference regular-season matches during the tenure of head coach Tiffany Rowe.

The Ladybirds dropped to 0-3 in the conference.

Sparking Hunt was senior Amoret Stinagle with 19 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Meghan Martinez and senior Madison Parker each slammed eight kills. Sophomore Brianna Moore contributed 38 assists.

Southern Nash got five blocks from Lauren Fassnacht and three from Abigail Cowart. Emma Bailey managed two kills while Leanna Ruffin led the Ladybirds in digs.

Hunt visits conference co-leader Franklinton on Thursday evening, while Southern Nash welcomes league foe Rocky Mount on Thursday.

Lady Demons defense stifles RM

With emphasis on defense, the Fike High varsity volleyball team rolled to a 26-24, 25-12, 25-16 3-A Big East Conference conquest of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.

The Lady Golden Demons improved to 2-1 in the conference and 5-5 overall behind eight kills, four solo blocks and five service aces from 6-foot-2 senior Mason Blake. Junior Ashleigh Sage, a 6-2 junior, added four kills and three blocks.

Also for Fike, sophomore Taylor Boykin notched 10 digs and four aces. Senior Bailee Summerlin notched eight digs and sophomore Reece Nelson delivered 18 assists and six digs.

“I’ve been hard on the girls about putting defense first and they played very well,” commented Fike head coach Jaleesa Harper. “Rocky Mount is a very scrappy team and I wanted us to match that by hustling to ev ery ball. Progression is always a good sign.”

The Lady Demons welcome Greenville Rose at 6 p.m. Wednesday and return to conference play at home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Northern Nash.

WCA escapes Greenville in 5

GREENVILLE — Sophomore setter Ashley Hartsfield returned after missing four matches with a injury and her Wilson Christian varsity volleyball teammates were glad to have her back Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers were pushed to the limit before escaping with a five-set victory at Greenville Christian. Wilson Christian remained unbeaten in five North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region matches and 10-2 overall with the 25-10, 25-17, 19-25, 22-25, 15-9 victory.

Hartsfield racked up 29 assists to go with four service aces, two digs and even three kills.

“It’s made us stronger as a team without her because the other girls have learned to set up and a couple of times, she got set up,” WCA head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said of Hartsfield.

Freshman Tori Linkous had a breakout performance with 14 kills and five blocks while dependable senior McKenna Griffin totaled nine kills, seven digs and three aces. Reagan Lamm came up with seven digs and two aces while Haley Parker added six digs and two aces.

The Lady Chargers will visit Wilmington Christian on Friday in a pivotal region matchup.

Lady Knights swept by Ridgecroft

Greenfield lost in three sets to visiting Ridgecroft in a nonconference varsity volleyball match Monday.

The 25-9, 25-14, 25-19 loss was the 11th in 12 outings for the Lady Knights, who were led by sophomore Clair Brittle with six kills and junior Sumer Hassan with six service points.

WCA sets down Halifax in 3 sets

ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team stepped out of North Carolina Christian School Association play Monday to pick up a 25-11, 25-13, 25-18 victory at Halifax Academy.

The Lady Chargers notched their ninth win against two losses. Junior Christy Jones totaled eight assists, three kills and two digs for WCA while senior McKenna Griffin registered nine kills, four service aces and an assist. Junior Reagan Lamm served seven aces while senior Sydney Norville had four aces to go with two kills and an assist. Freshman Tori Linkous contributed six kills.

Wilson Christian returns to NCCSA 2-A East Region play Tuesday at Greenville Christian.

CCS rebounds late to edge Halifax

ROANOKE RAPIDS — After losing the third set and falling behind 20-11 in the fourth, the visiting Community Christian School varsity volleyball team rallied to a 25-23 fourth-set win to seal a 25-16, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23 win against Halifax Academy on Tuesday.

In the fourth set, Emily Boyette served for 10 straight points. The flurry included five aces.

Anna Jackson finished with eight points, three aces and seven kills. Boyette wound up with 15 points, nine aces and six kills.

Olivia Bullard also served for 15 points with an ace. She led the Lady Cyclones with 19 assists. Lauren Pate’s nine points included four aces, and she chipped in with nine kills and two blocks. Erika vandenbrink’s 12 service points included three aces.

:Although we did not play our best tonight, I was proud of the girls for not quitting after losing the third game and getting down 20-11 in the fourth,” said CCS head coach Kelly Shealy.

NJ wins 1st two EPC matches

KENLY — North Johnston tipped off 2-A Eastern Plains Conference varsity volleyball play with a pair of home wins last week as the Lady Panthers swept Beddingfield and Farmville Central.

In the 25-22, 25-17, 25-8 over the Lady Bruins on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Levossie Taylor totaled nine kills, two digs and a block while Barrett Davis had 20 assists, six digs, two service aces as she accurately served all 19 of her attempts.

Mary Catherine Davis made five digs and Blayke Batten had two kills.

The Lady Panthers rose to 11-3 with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 triumph over Farmville Central on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Taylor again led the way with 12 kills to go with three digs and three blocks while Barrett Davis rang up 27 assists and seven digs. Mary Catherine Davis had 10 digs.

CBA batters Greene Central

SNOW HILL — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team had no trouble with nonconference foe Greene Central on Monday, breezing to a 25-4, 25-12, 25-8 victory.

Senior Arlanda Faulkner had 19 kills to pace the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons (7-4) of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference. Pacing the offense with 11 assists was senior Dekiya Thompson.

Defensively, senior Cassandra Lassiter offered up 19 digs.

Statistics were not available for Greene Central (6-9) of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

The Lady Rams host Spring Creek on Wednesday. CBA visits South Johnston on Thursday.

BOYS SOCCER

Greenfield blanks Pope John Paul II

GREENVILLE — The Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team needed just 51 minutes to dispense with Pope John Paul II 9-0 in a 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Confernence match Tuesday.

The Knights ended the abbreviated match on back-to-back goals in a span of a minute from Cullen Wells on a shot from 20 yards out and a header off a corner kick. Jeremy Alvarez assisted both goals.

Alvarez opened the scoring with a header off a cross from Alex Cortez-Rodriguez.

Greenfield proceeded to a 6-0 halftime margin another goal from Alvarez and one each from William Smith, Zeke Ferrell, Jackson Stone and Eli Ferrell. Recording assists were Alvarez, Kris Castete, Zeke Ferrell, Sebastian Partida and Benji Cortez-Rodriguez.

Off a set piece from a free kick, Stone netted the first goal of the second half on an assist from Alvarez.

Alaverez notched two goals and four assists for a Greenfield team that is the defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion.

In goal for the Knights, Luke Flaherty was credited with five saves the first half and Frankie Peele two in the second half. Greenfield owned an 8-1 margin in corner kicks.

Greenfield is next in action at 7 p.m. Thursday at Forbes Field against Wayne Christian.

Hunter scores 2 in WCA victory

GREENVILLE — Zach Hunter scored a goal in each half as the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team remained unbeaten against North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region competition with a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Greenville Christian.

The Chargers, now 6-5 overall and 4-0 in region play, will play a makeup game Thursday at Bethel Christian in Kinston before traveling to Wilmington Christian for a match Friday.

Hunter drilled in a penalty kick in the 20th minute after Greenville Christian was cited for a handball in the box. The hosts tied the score in the opening minutes of the second half before Hunter put in the game-winner on a pass from Jay Grissom in the 55th minute.

The Chargers posted a whopping 27-2 advantage in shots and WCA goalkeeper Harrison Parker made just one save. Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson praised the play of Hunter at center defensive midfielder and Evan Wright at outside mid.

“We are starting to get things put together and we’re learning to play together better than when we started,” Samson said.

Stone leads Knights past Ridgecroft

AHOSKIE — Junior Jackson Stone scored a goal and made two assists as the Greenfield varsity boys soccer handed host Ridgecroft School a 4-1 defeat Monday.

Stone delivered a pass to Zeke Ferrell, who converted from eight yards for the Knights’ first goal in the 16th minute. Four minutes later, Stone headed in a corner kick off the foot of Jeremy Alvarez.

After Ridgecroft halved the margin in the 35th minute, the Knights added a pair of goals and shut out the Rams in the second half. William Smith scored off an assist from Alex Cortez-Rodriguez before Alvarez finished the scoring in the 67th minute with Stone making the pass.

The Knights outshot their hosts 18-9 while Greenfield goalkeeper Luke Flaherty made seven saves.

Greenfield, now 6-7-2 overall, will return to 1-A Coastal Plains Independents Conference play Tuesday at home against Pope John Paul II Catholic High of Greenville.

Panthers blanked by Clayton 4-0

KENLY ­­— North Johnston dropped a 4-0 decision to visiting Clayton in a nonconference varsity boys soccer match Monday, sending the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Panthers to their second straight loss.

Junior Jonie Moreno came up with 18 saves in goal for North Johnston, which fell to 1-4-1. The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Comets improved to 7-4-1.

The Panthers kick off EPC play Thursday at Beddingfield.

Hunt tops Franklinton 7-2

FRANKLINTON — Hunt pulled off a pair of rallies at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to post a 7-2 3-A Big East Conference girls tennis victory on Monday at Franklinton.

The tandem of Anna Barnes-Autumn Hooks trailed 4-3 before winning five straight games to claim No. 2 doubles in just their first time playing together. Not to be outdone, the duo of Cara Moss-Bailey Hardison trailed 6-3 before reeling off five straight games to win its match 8-6.

Faith Harris, Logan Hinnant, Moss and Hardison each won their singles matches as the Lady Warriors improved to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in Big East play.

HUNT 7, FRANKLINTON 2

Faith Harris (H) def. Gabrielle Christos 6-1, 6-1; Grace Cockrell (F) def. Anna Barnes 6-4, 6-1; Brooke Pierce (F) def. Autumn Hooks 6-0, 6-0; Logan Hinnant (H) def. Emma Albright 6-3, 6-1; Cara Moss (H) def. Carter Gilliam 6-2, 6-3; Bailey Hardison (H) def. Olivia Wilson 6-4, 6-4.

Harris-Hinnant (H) def. Christos-Cockrell 8-2; Barnes-Hooks (H) def. Pierce-Rachell McDonald 8-4; Moss-Hardison (H) def. Taya Cox-Albright 8-6.

GIRLS GOLF

Lady Warriors snatch Big East lead

LOUISBURG — Led by the 49 of Sarah Bunn, the Hunt High girls golf team separated from a team tie entering Monday’s third 3-A Big East Conference match at The River Golf Club.

The Lady Warriors fired a 9-hole 167 for their low three individuals to take a 12-shot lead over both Fike and Southern Nash entering the fourth league match next week at Willow Springs Country Club.

Northern Nash was second in the third round, firing a 169. The Lady Golden Demons and Ladybirds had a 179 to tie for third in a four-team Big East race.

Rocky Mount is represented by just one individual, and Franklinton is not fielding a team.

Bunn’s round was supplemeted by the 56 of Gracie Taylor, who birdied on hole No. 18. Connor Worley provided a 62. Madeline Harrell posted a 46 for Fike as Liza Horne shot a 63. Mallory O’Brian and Alana Robbins had matching 70’s.

Southern Nash was led by the 46 of Elisabeth Collie and her birdie on No. 13. Taylor Hall had a 66 for the Ladybirds, while Rayne Bailey and Sara Small added matching cards of 67.

Through three matches, Hunt has posted an even 500, with Fike and Southern Nash 12 shots back at 512. Northern Nash, which produced the medalist in Brooke Taylor, is fourth at 529. Brooke Taylor had a birdie on hole No. 14.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Lady Chargers claim 6-team meet

The Wilson Christian girls cross-country team placed all of its scoring runners in the top 15 Monday afternoon in winning a six-team meet on its home course.

Caitlyn Barnes led the Lady Chargers, finishing fourth in 23:40. Katie Glover (11th, 25:33), Ocean Reece (13th, 25:35) and Kailey Bridgers (15th, 26:30) followed. Ashley Hardy ran in 26:39.

WCA’s team score of 43 bested Alamance Christian (56), Southeast Homeschool (58), Wake Christian (70), East Wake (99) and Wilmington Christian (143).

“It was a great day for a run,” Lady Chargers coach Jessica Langman said. “The energy was great. They ran as a team and I feel like no one left anything out on the course.”

Chargers nudge Friendship at home

In a preview of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A championship meet, the Wilson Christian boys cross-country team pulled out a win by the slimmest of margins Monday afternoon.

With the Chargers and Raleigh Friendship Christian deadlocked at 30 after scoring their first four runners, Lin Scott’s 18th-place finish nudged Friendship’s fifth-place runner in 19th, giving Wilson Christian the win in a 7-team home meet.

Following were Southeastern Homeschool (41), Wilmington Christian (86), Alamance Christian (122), East Wake (134) and Wake Christian (159).

Christian McFarland won the race individually with a time of 18:04. Following for the Chargers were Seth Turner (7th, 19:59), Jackson Hoskins (8th, 20:03) and Ethan Williams (14th, 20:41). Scott’s time of 21:14 was good enough to secure the team win for WCA.

“At least three of the boys dealt with racing cramps, so to come away with a win was a boost for the boys,” WCA coach Dwight Vanderboegh observed.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Greenfield routed by Ridgecroft 9-0

The Greenfield School boys soccer team suffered a 9-0 loss at the hands of Ridgecroft School on Monday.

Greenfield trailed 4-0 at the half.

Nick Wester tallied six saves for the Knights, who host New Life Christian on Tuesday on Forbes Field.

WCA 10-0 after beating Halifax

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Wilson Christian remained unbeaten through 10 volleyball matches as the Lady Chargers dismissed host Halifax Academy in two sets Monday.

Kendall Harris led WCA in the 25-7, 25-17 win with seven service aces and four kills while Dani Reece served nine aces. Paige Barnes served 12 points, including four aces, and made two kills while Paige Petty also had two kills. Madison Carnes collected eight assists to go with two aces and a kill.

Greene Central sweeps CBA

PIKEVILLE — Greene Central posted a 25-14, 25-8 volleyball win Monday at C.B. Aycock.

The Lady Falcons were led by Kaitlyn Smith with three kills and a block, Audrey Dail with five digs and Jenna Oliver with four assists.

No statistical information was provided on the Lady Rams.

Harris’ 13 aces spark WCA sweep

GREENVILLE — Kendall Harris served for 13 aces in leading the undefeated Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-9 triumph against host Greenville Christian on Tuesday.

Harris also delivered six kills. Madison Carnes was busy with eight assists, four kills and three aces.

The Lady Chargers served for 26 aces in stretching their perfect record to 11-0.

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