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It was set ‘em up and knock ‘em down for Wilson Christian on Friday as the Lady Chargers cruised past visiting Greenville Christian in three sets in the opening round of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A volleyball playoffs.
Senior McKenna Griffin pounded 13 kills and sophomore Tori Linkous had 11 as the Lady Chargers totaled 34 kills in the 25-10, 25-7, 25-15 victory that pushed their record to 18-1. Wilson Christian, seeded No. 2 in the East Region, advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals round at Sheets Memorial in Lexington against a foe to be determined.
Spearheading the set-up was setter Ashley Hartsfield, who tallied 25 assists. She also served seven of the Lady Chargers’ 13 aces and contributed three kills of her own. Senior Christy Jones provided a solid all-around game with four kills, four digs, three assists and an ace.
“They played loose and obviously it helped us out,” WCA head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said of his players. “They put the ball in the right places. That was the good thing.”
Fike handles Ladybirds for No. 3 Big East seed
FRANKLINTON — The first two sets required additional points, but in the end, it was the Fike High varsity volleyball team that procured the third and final automatic ticket to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs Thursday with a 30-28, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Southern Nash.
Fike, now 12-12 overall, will await an opponent in the first round of the playoffs next week. Southern Nash, represented by one senior in Anna Grace Worsley, concluded its season at 13-10.
The playoff became necessary after the Lady Golden Demons and Ladybirds finished tied for third in the Big East, split their regular-season meetings and posted the same records against the other four teams in the conference.
Junior Lyndsey Turner led Southern Nash with eight kills, while sophomore Taylor Bailey had four.
Leah Longmire, a junior, led the defensive push for the Ladybirds, recording 18 digs.
Statistics were not available for Fike.
Knights move into NCISAA 1-A semis
After getting a first-round bye in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys soccer playoffs, Greenfield School took a while to get going in Friday’s quarterfinals match against Crossroads Christian.
The top-seeded Knights kicked into high gear with four second-half goals to cruise to a 6-1 triumph and earn a semifinals berth against Sanford Grace Christian on Tuesday at Greenfield. The No. 4 Crusaders advanced with a 3-0 shutout of The Burlington School on Friday.
Senior Jackson Stone had two goals and two assists for the Knights, who improved to 12-7-2. Crossroads, the No. 8 seed, ended its season 4-14. Zeke Ferrell, who also had two goals, assisted on Stone’s first goal to give Greenfield the early lead. After Crossroads tied the score, Stone scored an unassisted goal to put the Knights ahead going into halftime.
Nathan Lozevski got two assists as he fed the ball to Ferrell twice for goals. Stone also had both his assists in the second half, lifting a ball to Will Powell for a header into the goal and then sending a through ball to Patrick Smith for the final goal.
“Our first half was not sharp, but we worked through it and put together a solid second half,” said Knights coach Eric Nguyen. “The way we responded is what we will need every minute to accomplish our goal of a state championship.”
Chargers clip Bethel Christian 11-0
Senior Jackson Hoskins notched his first career hat trick at Wilson Christian as the host Chargers cruised to an 11-0 mercy rule-shortened win over Bethel Christian of Kinston in the first round of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A boys soccer playoffs Friday.
Hoskins, normally a defender, led the Chargers onslaught that was completely in the first half. The match was halted after 40 minutes with the Chargers, the top seed from the East, getting their 12th straight win. Wilson Christian will take a 14-4-2 mark into Tuesday’s quarterfinals match at home against Union Grove Christian of Lexington.
Gabe Barnes netted a pair of goals for the Chargers, who also got goals from Thomas Evans, Elliott Resendiz, Will Hoskins, Bryce Hughes, Riley Brown and Aiden Brown. Zach Hunter delivered five assists while Will Hoskins had a pair of helpers. Evans and Adrian Dehart had one assist each.
Reserve goalkeeper Josh Vanderpool, the starter on the Chargers junior varsity team, stopped a penalty kick on Bethel Christian’s only shot to preserve the shutout with starter Harrison Parker.
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.
Firebirds finish on streak
FRANKLINTON — Eric Hernandez had a goal and two assists as the Southern Nash boys soccer team finished play in the 3-A Big East Conference with its fourth consecutive win, a 4-1 defeat of host Franklinton on Wednesday.
Raul Nuñez had a goal and an assist while Alejandro Castro and Mauricio Martinez each scored goals. Peyton Price had an assist for the Firebirds.