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Bolstered by its best singles performance of the season in the opinion of head coach Jeremy Howard, the Beddingfield High girls tennis team engineered a brisk sweep of singles and captured two of three tightly contested doubles matches in an 8-1 victory over 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe SouthWest Edgecombe.
Beddingfield, now 6-4 overall and 4-1 in EPC play, won five of the six singles matches by 8-0 margins with senior Christmas Haynesworth at No. 1, junior Annie Greene at No. 2, senior Cynthia Milan at No. 3, senior Anna Gardner at No. 5 and senior Jasmin Arias at No. 6 all producing spotless wins.
At No. 4, senior Liz Ameca held off SouthWest Edgecombe’s Leah Mowen 8-6 to complete the singles sweep. At No. 2, Greene is now 7-3 in singles this season.
In doubles, each match was tightly contested, with Haynesworth-Ameca pulling off a 9-7 triumph at No. 1. Senior Karina Alvarez and junior Hannah Sangster were inserted at No. 3 and grinded to an 8-6 win over Carley Edwards-Chloe Peaden.
SouthWest Edgecombe (7-3, 3-2 EPC) avoided the shutout with Reagan Webb-Emma Rogers combining for a 9-7 win against Greene-Gardner at No. 2 doubles.
Haynesworth-Ameca, after trailing 7-4 on the showcase doubles court, rallied to win the final five games.
“We played well in singles,” Howard said. “It was the best singles performance we’ve had all year.”
Beddingfield, the defending EPC champions, opens the second half of conference play Thursday at North Johnston. The Lady Panthers claimed an 8-1 victory in the first meeting between the teams on Sept. 3.
BEDDINGFIELD 8, SW EDGECOMBE 1
Christmas Haynesworth (B) def. Lizzie Johnson 8-0; Annie Greene (B) def. Reagan Webb 8-0; Cynthia Milan (B) def. Emma Rogers 8-0; Liz Ameca (B) def. Leah Mowen 8-6; Anna Gardner (B) def. Carley Edwards 8-0; Jasmin Arias (B) def. Chloe Peaden 8-0.
Haynesworth-Ameca (B) def. Johnson-Mowen 9-7; Webb-Rogers (SWE) def. Greene-Gardner 9-7; Karina Alvarez-Hannah Sangster (B) def. Edwards-Peaden 8-6.
Lady Demons post 8-0 win vs. Hunt
Junior Sophia Meszaros, at No. 3 singles, won tiebreakers in the second and third sets in defeating Hunt senior Carolina Vasquez 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), (10-4) in the host Fike High girls tennis team’s 8-0 victory against archrival Hunt on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Golden Demons claimed the remaining singles in straight sets in taking over sole possession of second place in the 3-A Big East Conference at 4-1. Fike upped its overall record to 9-1, while the Lady Warriors stand 2-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall.
The second half of conference play begins for both teams Thursday. Fike welcomes Southern Nash and Hunt visits third-place Northern Nash.
Freshman Chandler Hill, at No. 4, and junior Cappa Hill, at No. 5, each boosted her record to 10-0. Senior Avery Rose Brown stands 7-2 at No. 2.
Hunt players moved up a position in singles with Cara Moss, who usually plays No. 1, not in the lineup.
At No. 3 doubles, Fike’s Mary Thomas Watkins, a sophomore, and junior Ashley Pendergrass prevailed 8-4.
FIKE 8, HUNT 0
Logan Adkins (F) def. Allie Parbst 6-1, 6-0; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Kaley Gesell 7-5, 6-2; Sophia Meszaros (F) def. Carolina Vasquez 4-6, 7-6 (5), (10-4); Chandler Hill (F) def. Emma Johnson 6-0, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) def. Kailey Bridgers 6-0, 6-0; Mary Thomas Watkins (F) def. Emma Rand 6-2, 6-1.
Adkins-Ch. Hill (F) def. Parbst-Gesell 8-0; Watkins-Ashley Pendergrass (F) def. Bridgers-Abbi Alexander 8-4; No. 2 doubles not contested.
Dominant singles play powers Ladybirds
In a 6-1 win over Franklinton on Tuesday, the Southern Nash girls tennis team took strong play in singles early all the way to a dominant first victory in 3-A Big East Conference play.
Five Ladybirds (6-4, 1-4) — Iris Radilla, Brisa Sevilla, Karen Flores, Rubi Guierrez and Trish Glover — won their matches in two sets to clinch victory before doubles play began.
Following strong play early, Radilla-Sevilla swept through Emma Styers-Grace Elliot to end the match. The other two matches did not finish play.
Southern Nash will travel to Fike on Thursday to continue its conference slate.
SOUTHERN NASH 6, FRANKLINTON 1
Iris Radilla (SN) def. Emma Styers 6-1, 6-3; Brisa Sevilla (SN) def. Alaina Holden 6-0, 6-2; Karen Flores (SN) def. Kaylee Vereen 6-1, 6-3; Madison Long (F) def. Eliza Hernandez 6-3, 6-4; Rubi Guierrez (SN) def. Ashlynn Ray 6-3, 6-0; Trish Glover (SN) def. Marlee Sikes 6-2, 6-0.
Radilla-Sevilla (SN) def. Styers-Long 8-0.
Lady Warriors cast aside Ladybirds in 3
STANHOPE — The Hunt High varsity volleyball team turned in a quick night’s work for the sixth straight match Tuesday, remaining unbeaten within the confines of the 3-A Big East Conference with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-14 victory at Southern Nash.
It is the sixth straight victory for the Lady Warriors (7-5, 3-0 Big East), who have dispatched each opponent during that stretch by 3-0 margins.
Senior outside hitter Meghan Martinez had nine kills and four aces for Hunt, while seniors Alea Jones and freshman Alex Williams each had six kills. Jones and Williams were a force on the front line, with Jones contributing four of the duo’s seven total blocks.
Junior Taylor Collins and senior Greysen Evans finished with five kills each.
Senior setter Brianna Moore ran the offense with 27 assists.
For Southern Nash (7-4, 1-2 Big East), Lyndsey Turner and Carrigan Ewers each had four kills.
Hunt visits Big East juggernaut Franklinton on Thursday, while Southern Nash is home to Rocky Mount.
CCS swept at Halifax Academy
ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team was handed a 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 setback at the hands of 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference foe Halifax Christian on Tuesday.
CCS (3-7, 1-4 CIC) was led by the five kills and eight service points of senior Logan Woodard. Freshman Abigail Jackson had 11 service points to go along with four aces, while senior Lauren Pate tallied seven assists and four service points.
Ava Pate tacked on three service points for the Lady Cyclones, who had won two of their last three contests entering Tuesday night.
CCS returns to the Peace Church gymnasium to face Oakwood on Monday.
Lady Demons beat RMHS in four sets
ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike High varsity volleyball team improved to 2-1 in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 25-15, 26-28, 25-13, 25-22 triumph against Rocky Mount on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Golden Demons, 2-10 overall, were sparked by senior E.J. Secrest with 23 assists. Junior Kendall Harris set the pace with 11 kills and also scrambled for eight digs.
Anna Black emerged Fike’s digs leader with 16, while Caroline Searcy contributed seven kills and MaKenzie Sadler six.
Greenfield shut out by Wayne Christian
The Greenfield volleyball team was swept, 25-8, 25-12, 26-24, in three sets by Wayne Christian to fall to 0-3 in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independent Conference on Tuesday night.
Kaelyn Wall contributed a team-high eight kills for the Knights (3-5, 0-3), while adding four aces. Gabrielle Vester had four kills and Jeallen Holland contributed seven assists.
The Knights will play Fayetteville Trinity Christian on Thursday.
Lady Chargers dispatch Bethel Christian in 3
KINSTON — Wilson Christian climbed back above .500 in the North Carolina Christian School Association’s 2-A East Region volleyball standings with a three-set win over host Bethel Christian on Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers, now 7-3 overall, upped their region ledger to 3-2 with the 25-11, 25-15, 25-19 victory.
“Tonight was just making sure that we minimized our mistakes and they did a good job of that, playing consistently all over the board,” said WCA head coach Ryan Vanderboegh.
Tori Linkous led the Lady Chargers with 10 kills to go with four aces and a block while senior Ashley Hartsfield rang up 21 assists while also totaling three aces, two kills and a dig.
Madison Carnes came up with eight kills, four digs, three aces and an assist. Peyton Norvilel supplied five aces, five digs and two kills and Danielle Reece had five kills, five aces and a dig.
The Lady Chargers will participate in a three-day tournament at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, starting Thursday.
Wilson Christian boys win quad meet
WENDELL — Placing all five scoring runners within the top 15, the Wilson Christian boys cross-country team collected a first-place showing in Monday’s four-team meet at Wendell Park.
The Chargers, affiliated with the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks, compiled 42 points to clear North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A member Wayne Christian by eight points.
Host Raleigh Friendship Christian, WCA’s former NCCSA rival now in the NCISAA ranks, was third with 55 as Apex Thales Academy lagged in fourth with 74.
The top five runners were scored for each team, with eighth grader Lin Scott finishing third to pace WCA in the field of 46 runners.
Scott crossed the line in 20:45, with freshman Seth Trull in fifth at 21:36. Following were sophomore Hudson Holloman (8th, 22:25), eighth grader Cameron Ricks (12th, 23:44) and eighth grader Brett Walston (14th, 23:59). The time of Ricks established a new personal standard.
Friendship Christian’s Daniel Morrow won the boys race in a time of 19:41, which was 52 seconds clear of Wayne Country Day’s Connor Bauer.
In the girls race, Wilson Christian freshman Holland Miller led a group of 31 competitors to the finish line, turning in a time of 25:09. for her first-ever race victory.
However, the Lady Chargers were clipped by a mere two points by Friendship Christian, which tallied 31 points to WCA’s 33. Wayne Country Day was third at 65.
In addition to Miller, WCA scored the times of sixth grader Emily Miles (6th, 27:35), sophomore Ocean Reece (7th, 27:45), eighth grader Makaila Rodriguez (12th, 29:16) and eighth grader Ava Zander (15th, 29:38).
Both Wilson Christian teams will return to action amidst a steep challenge Saturday, competing in the Adidas Challenge at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. A total of 83 teams are expected to participate.
Chargers overwhelm Bethel Christian 10-0
KINSTON — Seniors Gabe Barnes and Thomas Evans each put away two goals before halftime, and the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team unleashed a deluge at Kinston Bethel Christian before the match was halted at halftime due to the mercy rule, resulting in a 10-0 Chargers victory.
Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks won for the third time in its last four matches, with sophomore Nathan Murray, sophomore Will Hoskins, junior Ethan Mitchell, junior Jack Ortiz and junior Spencer Parker each adding goals.
Mitchell, Hoskins and Murray had two assists each as sophomore Aiden Brown, junior Elliott Resendiz and sophomore William Provo had one assist each.
WCA (8-2-3, 6-0 region), which pummeled Bethel with 34 shots, didn’t face a shot in net as senior keeper Harrison Parker played just 12 minutes. Sophomore Josh Vanderpool entered and went the rest of the way.
The Chargers will next take part in the Bob Jones Showcase, where WCA will face Bob Jones Academy of Greenville, South Carolina, in the opener Friday.
WCA moves to 9-0, thumps Bethel Christian
KINSTON — The sophomore trio of Reagan Barnes, Hailey Carnes and Kendall Sykes led the way for the Wilson Christian volleyball team in a 25-8, 25-12 sweep of Kinston Bethel Christian on Tuesday.
Wilson Christian, now unbeaten in nine matches, picked up 11 service points from Sykes as well as eight service points and three aces from Carnes.
Barnes had four aces and 12 service points. Gracie Barnes, an eighth grader, tallied four kills, four aces and 12 service points.
WCA is off until Monday, Sept. 30 when it plays host to Goldsboro Faith Christian.
Hunt beats Southern Nash in straight sets
STANHOPE — Remaining unbeaten in 3-A Big East Conference competition, the Hunt High volleyball team pocketed its 11th win in 12 matches with a 25-11, 25-13 victory at Southern Nash on Tuesday.
The serving game of Alexis Winbourne, Audrey Earp and Ashton Frazier initiated the offense for the Lady Warriors, with hitters Madelyn Ellis, Nathaly Castillo, and Taylor Ferrell finishing sets from Bailey Kirby.
Hunt is the guest of Franklinton on Thursday.
Greenfield conquers Wayne Prep 2-0
GOLDSBORO — Harrison Batchelor and Cooke Rhodes provided goals for the Greenfield School boys soccer team Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Wayne Preparatory Academy.
Rhodes assisted on Batchelor’s goal, while Coolbaugh fed Rhodes for his finish.
Greenfield hosts Winterville Christ Covenant on Forbes Field on Monday.
Lady Knights beat Wayne Christian
GOLDSBORO — The Greenfield JV vollyball team traveled to Wayne Christian and beat the Eagles in three sets on Tuesday afternoon.
In the win, Isabelle Parker had three aces and four kills. Darcy Dean contributed two kills, Aly Flint had three aces and Serenity McNair had three kills. Fletcher Worrell also added a kill.
Scores for each set were not provided to The Wilson Times.
Greenfield will travel to Greenville John Paul II Catholic High School on Tuesday.
Fike stays perfect in Big East play
ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike High volleyball team remained undefeated against 3-A Big East Conference opposition by rallying to a 22-25, 25-20, 15-13 conquest of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.
The Lady Golden Demons climbed to 3-0 in the conference and to 7-5 overall.
Fike was sparked by Avery Lentz with 10 kills, Katyria Cruz with seven kills and Reagan Nelson and Katerina Cruz with five aces each.