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South Central volleyball tops Rose 3-0

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South Central's Sydney Bieber hits the ball during their game against J.H. Rose on August 28, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

South Central volleyball topped J.H. Rose 3-0 on Tuesday night to keep the Falcons’ perfect season intact.

SC completed the sweep with wins of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22 to move to 8-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. With the loss the Rampants dropped just their second match of the season to fall to 5-2, 0-1. 

SC’s Kayla McDuffie totaled eight kills and two aces when the Falcons needed them most. JHR’s Katie Bray Carlson totaled 12 assists in the match, while Abby Woodsworth added eight kills and eight digs.  

“I saw enthusiasm tonight, and they all played like a team,” South Central head coach Kayla Ruffin said. “No one was playing for themselves, everyone had each others’ backs tonight.”

SC saw strong performances from several players, including Paris Joyner, McDuffie and Grace Sweers. 

Leading two sets to none, the Falcons tied the game at 20-all after the ball failed to clear the net for Rose after a serve by Carlson. The Falcons made the play of the match when McDuffie and Sweers teamed up to block a spike from Rose’s CeCe Wilkerson to take the lead, 21-20.

McDuffie then nailed two consecutive aces to put the Falcons up 23-20. Rose would battle back, but the Falcons walked away the victors. 

Rose struggled to maintain any lead it could manage in the match, as the Falcons hustled to keep 50-50 balls in play. McDuffie was on the giving end of several powerful spikes, one of which sent a Rose player backwards as she attempted to save the ball. 

SC got out to an early 14-8 lead in the first set and cruised through the remainder of its points, striking a tone that radiated through the rest of the match.

In the second set, SC jumped out to a 7-2 lead, not unlike their play in the first set. Miscue’s by SC allowed the Rampants to fight back and tie the game at 13, but once again the Falcons turned up the pressure, eventually making the score 21-18. The back-and-forth continued after several long volleys, and the scoreboard read 21-20 in favor of SC.

A spike from McDuffie shortly thereafter gave the Falcons a three-point cushion, 23-20. McDuffie continued her ferocious attack, adding a kill that gave the Falcons a 24-21 lead before ending the set.

SC continues conference play today as the Falcons host Southern Wayne. For Rose, the Rampants travel to Bethel for a showdown with the North Pitt Panthers this evening.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @Jake KeatorDR on Twitter.

Ayden-Grifton 3, C.B. Aycock 0

On Tuesday, A-G racked its fifth win, taking down C.B. Aycock in straight sets, 28-26, 25-21 and 25-10.

Zion Hardy led the way with 27 points and five kills, while Emily Dykes had 11 points and 13 kills and Jordan Cannon added 15 points and 25 assists for the Chargers (6-1).

Ayden-Grifton 3, Farmville Central 0

A-G stayed on an early-season roll, picking up its second win in as many days by scores of 25-9, 25-7 and 25-17.

Cannon piled up 24 points, while Aaleyah Garris had 18 points and Cannon has 25 assists for the second straight match.

D.H. Conley 3, Eastern Wayne 0

The Vikings rolled, winning games of 25-4, 25-18, 25-6, led by Hannah Shafer five kills and five blocks and Elana Fuller four kills.

DHC (5-0, 1-0) travels to Northern Nash on Thursday.

Parrott Academy 3, Fayetteville Christian 0

Parrott Academy remained undefeated after a straight sets victory over Fayetteville Academy on Tuesday.

Parrott won games of 25-4, 25-15 and 25-18. The Patriots were led by Alli Grant Avery's 10 kills, Mackenzie Pope's seven kills, Virginia Edmondson's three aces and Jorja Tuten's pair of aces.

Oakwood 3, St. Thomas Moore 0

Oakwood ran its record to 4-2 this season after an easy win over Saint Thomas More Academy that included game scores of 25-5, 25-12 and 25-18.

Sloane Correa had seven kills tp pace Oakwood, while Sydney Martin added 18 assists, Macey Robinette had seven digs and Jenny Painter had seven service aces.

TENNIS

Ridgecroft 6, Oakwood 3

Oakwood was downed, scratching out just a pair of singles wins and one in doubles.

Matty Gilliam and Belle Turner authored the singles wins for Oakwood, and Turner and Gracie Boowen teamed for the doubles win.

SOCCER

D.H. Conley 4, Havelock 1

The Vikings defeated Rams 4-1 on Monday thanks to goals by Coleman Ferrell and Ediel Lopez-Romero.

The Vikings (4-1-1) travel to Rocky Mount tonight.

Ridgecroft 2, Oakwood 1

Jermaine Smith was set up by Ryan Smith for the only Oakwood goal on Tuesday in a loss to Ridgecroft.

The loss dropped Oakwood, which takes on Epiphany on Sept. 4, to 0-2.

Parrott Academy 10, Fayetteville Christian 1

The Patriots scored six goals in the first half and four in the second to earn a non-conference victory on the road in Fayetteville.

APA was led by Harris Barker and Kolby Jones, who had two goals each. Josh Okonkwo, Tony Lersch, George Dismukes, William Farrior, Mark Mikhail and Josh Waida added one goal each.

Greenfield School 4, Parrott 1

The Patriots were downed by Greenfield despite taking an early lead eight minutes into the match.

Jones' goal assisted by George Dismukes. However, proved the only offense by APA in the game. Parrott plays at Coastal Christian on Thursday.

JV VOLLEYBALL

J.H. Rose 2, South Central 1

Rose won the first and third games to claim a victory over South Central.

Game scores were 28-26, 20-25 and 26-24. Maddy Carraway led the way with 10 digs for the Rampants, while Jaden Aldridge had 13 assists and Langley Mercer added six kills and three blocks.

Ayden-Grifton 2, C.B. Aycock 0

The Chargers blanked CBA in games of 25-10 and 25-15.

Paige Stallings 15 led A-G with 15 points, while Holly Cannon added 13 in the win for the Chargers (6-1).

Ayden-Grifton 2, Farmville Central 0

Ayden-Grifton swept the Jaguars, 25-23 and 25-10 on Tuesday.

Yaneth Quiroz-Meza 17 points, while Stearns added 11 points.

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