Conley volleyball knocks off Rose
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday night’s volleyball match between D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose had all the trademark back-and-forth action that has come to be expected when the two schools meet.
For the third straight meeting, it was the Vikings who were the last ones standing as they swept the Rampants (29-27, 25-22, 25-19) to remain undefeated and claim sole possession of first place in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference.
Conley is 10-0 and 4-0 in league play. The loss snapped an eight-match winning streak for Rose (8-3, 3-1), which had not lost since starting the season with back-to-back defeats.
“Anytime that Conley and Rose play, it’s going to be a battle, and you can believe it’ll be point-for-point,” DHC coach Jennifer Gillikin said. “I think both teams played a great match tonight and we just were able to score some points when we needed it.”
The Vikings entered the contest having lost just two sets all year. That was still the number when they left Rose on Tuesday, but the Rampants came awfully close to changing the complexion of the match in the first set.
One of a match-high 22 kills from Alannah Thomas tied the score, 10-10, after Rose had led by four early. From that point on, neither team led by more than two points in the race to see who would take a 1-0 lead.
Conley faced the first set point, 24-23, only to see Rose’s CeCe Wilkerson tie it with a tip. The Rampants scored the next point to lead 25-24, one of three times it would come within one point of winning the set, but the Vikings responded each time. DHC took a 28-27 lead when a shot by Abby Wordsworth didn’t clear the net, then Thomas sealed it with a kill on the next point to win the set.
JHR fought through the loss of middle hitter Savannah Davenport, who went down late in the first set with a left knee injury, but falling short cost the Rampants as they were forced to play from behind the rest of the night.
“With Savannah going down, that was a big concern, but the girls fought through it and I thought at the end of the first set, we missed some opportunities to close that set out,” Rose coach Norman Cabacar said. “When you play a team that is equally matched, it’s who can finish at the end and not make unforced errors, and I thought we missed an opportunity that first set.”
The Vikings staved off JHR in the second after Rose used a three-point spurt to cut a 23-19 deficit to just one at 23-22, scoring the final two points to take a 2-0 lead before pulling away midway through the third to close out the victory.
Wordsworth led the Rampants with 16 kills. Holly Gibson and Katie Bray Carlson added 13 and 12 assists, respectively.
Mary Horton had 24 assists and Courtney Rupp had 17 assists for Conley.
Ayden-Grifton 3, Kinston 0
Scores: 25-12, 25-10, 25-19.
Leaders: A-G — Jordan Cannon 13 service points; Lily Johnson 13 SP; Haley Davis 13 SP.
Record: A-G 8-1, 4-0
Up next: A-G at North Lenoir on Thursday.
Parrott Academy 3, Coastal Christian 0
Scores: 25-15, 25-13, 26-24.
Leaders: P — Alli Grant Avery 14 kills; Hannah Scott Avery 9 kills; Mackenzie Pope 26 assists; 10 digs.
Record: P 11-0, 1-0.
D.H. Conley 8, C.B. Aycock 1
Singles: Madison Cullipher (DHC) d. Grayson Lane (CBA) 6-0, 6-0; Shelby Hickey (DHC) d. Meredith Jones (CBA) 6-4, 6-2; Haylee Dixon (DHC) d. Karlyn Ray (CBA) 6-4, 3-6, 11-9; 4s) Lexi Reeves (CBA) d. Bree Sullivan (DHC) 6-3, 6-4; Brooke Sullivan (DHC) d. Hannah Tyndall (CBA) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8; Lindsay Simonowich (DHC) d. Micaela Boyd (CBA) 5-3, inj.
Doubles: Hickey/Sullivan (DHC) d. Lane/Jones (CBA) 8-5; Dixon/Sullivan (DHC) d. Ray/Reeves (CBA) 8-6; 3d) Mary Beth Cole/Carey Woodward (DHC) d. Abbie Shackelford/Sophia Gumbish (CBA) 9-7.
J.H. Rose 2, D.H. Conley 1
Scores: 19-25, 25-19, 25-23
Leaders: JHR — Anna Scott Ivey 9 assists; Delaney Byrne 10 digs; Grace Eberenz 8 kills, 6 aces.
Ayden-Grifton 2, Kinston 0
Scores: 25-14, 25-15.
Leaders: A-G — Mikayla Olejar 10 service points.
Record: A-G 7-2, 3-1.