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Chargers, Panthers chasing league crowns

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Ayden-Grifton's Aaleyah Garris spikes the ball during their game against Washington on Oct. 3, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two Pitt County volleyball programs have a chance to clinch at least a share of their conference championships with a victory tonight.

Ayden-Grifton (16-2, 9-1 Eastern Carolina 2-A) is within one win of its first conference championship since 1976. The Chargers can claim at least a share of the league crown with a victory at home tonight against West Craven (10-7, 6-3), which they swept in their first meeting earlier this year.

The Chargers are a half-game ahead of South Lenoir (9-2), which handed A-G its only league loss earlier in the season. A win tonight would put Ayden-Grifton in position to win the conference title outright with a victory in its last regular season game Tuesday at Greene Central.

In the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference, North Pitt (14-8, 8-1) can ensure it shares the league title for the third straight year with a home victory against Farmville Central. The Panthers are tied atop the conference with North Johnston, which takes on Nash Central tonight. NP and North Johnston split their two matchups this season.

D.H. Conley clinched the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference title for the second straight year and the third time in five seasons with Tuesday’s over Southern Wayne. The Vikings close out the regular season tonight with a match against South Central.


D.H. Conley remains on the heels of conference leader New Bern in the race for the ECC 3-A/4-A soccer title with two weeks still remaining in the season.

The Vikings (10-6-1, 5-1-1) are one game behind New Bern (7-5-1, 6-0-1) as they head into a home matchup tonight against third-place C.B. Aycock. Topping the Golden Falcons would set up a first-place battle Tuesday when Conley travels to New Bern for their second meeting of the year. The Bears beat DHC 4-0 in their first contest this year.

J.H. Rose (8-6-0, 3-4-0) and South Central (5-7-2, 1-5-2) are fifth and sixth, respectively, in the league standings.

Entering Wednesday in the EPC, Farmville Central and North Pitt were hovering around the middle of the standings, with the Jaguars (7-6-0, 3-2-0) holding a half-game lead over NP (6-4-2, 3-3-0) for third place behind conference leader North Johnston and second-place Nash Central.

The Panthers and Jaguars still have one meeting left between them, scheduled for next Wednesday at North Pitt.

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