Conley volleyball still undefeated
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
In the first meeting of the season between local volleyball powers, J.H. Rose staged an attempted comeback in the fourth set on Tuesday night, but D.H. Conley staved it off to remain unbeaten in a 3-1 win.
The Vikings (11-0, 4-0) outlasted the Rampants (9-3, 2-2) in four very tight games, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17 and 25-21.
Down 10-5 in the fourth set, hoping to stay alive to force a winner-take-all fifth set, Rose battled back with the help of tough defense by Grayson Norwood and Sydney Boyer, along with some powerful plays by CeCe Wilkerson. The Rampants pulled to within three points after a tip over the net by Wilkerson, 23-20, but a powerful spike by DHC’s Elana Fuller sealed the final point of the match for the Vikings.
Holly Gibson totaled 25 assist for the Rampants, while Abby Wordsworth had 15 kills and nine digs. Wilkerson added 10 kills.
For the Vikings, Fuller tallied 15 kills while Macy Smith added another six kills.
“We stayed with our offense all night. When we get out of system, we quickly get back in system and keep attacking the ball,” D.H. Conley head coach Jennifer Gillikin said.
Rose head coach Norman Cabacar gave praise to the Vikings.
“Anytime Rose and Conley play, both teams have to play flawless, execute and play smart,” Cabacar said. “Tonight, Conley played a little sharper. They were at home. So we’ll get them again back at Rose, we will have the fans and we are gonna play tough.”
In a back-and-forth first set, Conley took a quick 5-0 lead before the Rampants battled back to take a 10-8 edge, but the Vikings regained the momentum as they took a 19-15 lead. The Rampants went back up 23-21 lead before DHC regained the lead 25-24 and took the set with a final point.
Once again the Vikings seemed to have the upperhand in set two, taking a 13-9 lead, but two big spikes from Woodsworth gave the Rampants a 24-23 lead on their way to their only set win.
Set three was all Vikings, who did not concede the lead. An 18-15 edge grew as the Vikings’ skilled passing led them to a win with them giving up only two more points in the set.
Both teams’ schedules are up in the air as to when they will play next due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Florence.
Parrott Academy boys best Wayne Country Day School
APA boys’ cross country defeated Wayne Country Day School.
The two teams finished with 39 points each, but a higher finish among APA runners gave them the win. Lucas Ouano placed first overall with a time of 19:16. The APA girls’ team finished third in the meet behind Christ Covenant and winner Wanye Country Day School.
Clayton 3, D.H. Conley 2
The Vikings fell behind 3-0 in the first half on Monday night before Zach Tucker pulled Conley to 3-1.
In the second half, Tucker bagged his second goal of the night, but that was as close as the Vikings came.
APA 3, Harrell’s Christian 1
Parrott Academy defeated Harrell’s behind Harris Barker (two goals) and Caleb Allen (goal). Allen, George Dismukes and Josh Okonwo each totaled one assist.
D.H. Conley 2, J.H. Rose 0
Conley won identical games of 25-12, led by Anna Sawyer’s 10 assists.
Ella Philpot added five kills and A'riana Crumpler and Haley Jackson four each kills for DHC (11-0, 4-0).
Hope 2, Ayden 0
Hope Middle School’s A and B teams defeated Ayden 2-0. Hope’s A team won 24-14 and 25-20. Anna Bayes totaled 20 service points.
Hope’s B team won 24-11 and 25-20. Mallie Blizzard had 14 service points, while Chelsey Thompson added 11 more.
Both of Hope’s teams are 2-0 and take on Greene Central Sept .28.