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The Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team shrugged off a third-set lapse with a strong fourth period to defeat nonconference rival Greene Central 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 25-9 in the season opener for both teams Monday.
The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference were powered by 6-foot-2 junior Makayla Everette with 18 kills and Aa’Niyah Sherrod with 13. Everette and Sherrod each posted four blocks.
Leading the Beddingfield serving were Kaitlin Abrams with 15 service points and Kimberly McMurray with 12.
“We had a great first outing of the season,” commented Beddingfield head coach Kelly Vinson.
The Lady Bruins continue nonconference play on the road against Tarboro of the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference on Thursday.
Southern Nash falls in opener
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team served into the 2018 season with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-8 non-conference loss to visiting West Johnston on Monday.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference were paced by Olivia Cruz with six consistent serves and two aces. Lyndsey Turner and Carrigan Ewers each notched three kills. Taylor Bailey added two kills. Leah Longmire led Southern Nash in passes and digs.
Southern Nash continues non-conference play against Smithfield-Selma on Thursday.
DASH falls to South Johnston 2-1
BENSON — A late goal by South Johnston was the difference in a 2-1 victory over DASH Homeschool boys soccer team in the Johnston County Cup action Monday at West Johnston High.
Down 1-0 at the half, the United drew even on Justin Strickland’s goal from some 20 yards out. The 1-1 deadlock stood until the Trojans scored on a breakaway with about 15 minutes to play.
“We have a lot of room for improvement,” said DASH head coach Steve Barry. “Good hustle though. (We) Lost seven starters from last year’s squad.”
Barry cited the play of Eric Barry and Salvador Guzman, who attends Community Christian but is playing for DASH in nonconference (North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Conference) matches. The Cyclones are unable to field a team this year because they don’t have enough players.
DASH will play Wednesday at Smithfield-Selma against the loser of Monday’s Corinth Holders-West Johnston match.
“(We are) thankful to (Johnston County Schools athletic director) Brent Walston and Johnston County public schools for reaching out to us to play,” Steve Barry said.