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South Central at 16-1 after 3-0 win over C.B. Aycock

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

South Central volleyball celebrated its seniors in style on Tuesday night, as the Falcons moved to 16-1 on the season after defeating C.B. Aycock 3-0.

On a night when Courtney Powers, Amya Evans and Jaydn Pretlow played in their last regular season home game, SC won games of 25-11, 25-17 and 25-16.

“My seniors have meant so much to me,” Falcons head coach Kayla Ruffin said. “It’s one of those things where you can throw them in at any time and they will get the job done. I know getting the win tonight was special with everyone focusing on them, but I think everyone focused on the team tonight.”

Brylee Phillips had a great night, as she recorded eight service points, including four aces. Phillips also had four kills, four blocks and three assists. Grace Sweers also had a solid performance as she totaled five aces.

The Falcons cruised in their first set, quickly jumping out to a 22-7 lead that included three Phillips kills. Ali Ruffin also made her presence known, slamming two kills of her own. Ruffin added one more kill in the final points of the set.

The Golden Falcons fought back to begin set two, keeping SC close until tying the score at 15. Kayla McDuffie teamed up with Ruffin and Evans on the following volley to create two critical blocks to gain the lead. SC jumped out to a six-point lead, 22-16, before running away with the second set.

The third set looked a lot like the first for SC.

Sweers provided four straight service points, including three consecutive aces in a run that saw SC put seven points on the board before Aycock could blink. Once again, SC nurtured its lead, growing the score to 17-8 before the Golden Falcons called for a break. Once again C.B. Aycock put up a fight, bringing the lead down to eight, 20-12, before running out of steam. 

The Falcons play their remaining three regular season contests on the road, starting with a big rematch at undefeated D.H. Conley (16-0, 7-0) Thursday. The Vikings handed the Falcons their only loss of the season on Sept. 18, winning 3-0 in Winterville. 

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

D.H. Conley 3, Southern Wayne 0

The Vikings (17-0, 8-0) defeated Southern Wayne 3-0, giving up less than 10 points in the first two sets. The Vikings won 25-7, 25-8 and 25-12. Sara Dees had six kills, while Elana Fuller and Maddy May added five each. Olivia Lefever added 10 assists. Mary Horton was also a team player with nine assists. 

D.H. Conley 3, Heritage 1

The Vikings stayed perfect after taking three out of four against Heritage, despite losing the opening game of the match on Monday.

DHC fell 25-23 in the opener before reeling off 25-16, 25-19 and 25-11 wins to cinch the match. Alexis Desoto led the Vikings with 13 kills, Macy Smith added 10 and Elana Fuller had an eight-kill, nine-block outing. Also for Conley, Hannah Shafer had seven kills and eight blocks, while Olivia Lefever ran up 30 assists and Mary Horton 19.

J.H. Rose 3, Eastern Wayne 0

The Rampants cruised to a clean sweep of Eastern Wayne with game victories of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-16.

CeCe Wilkerson led Rose with eight kills, while Abby Wordsworth knocked down seven more kills, Holly Gibson dished 18 assists and Mary Hannah Sawyer added 10 digs.

Parrott Academy 3, Grace Christian 0

Parrott capped an unbeaten conference season and stand at 17-0 overall after a straight-sets win against Grace Christian.

APA rode scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-18 to victory, led by Alli Grant Avery (18 kills, four aces), Mackenzie Pope (20 assists, 19 kills), Virginia Edmondson (10 assists, six digs and four block assists) and Jorja Tuten (10 service points, four block assists).

Parrott has one non-conference match remaining on Friday against Wilmington Christian.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Rams claim ECC tourney

Host Greene Central played host and proved to be the winner at Tuesday’s Eastern Carolina Conference tennis tournament.

Washington took second, ahead of North Lenoir, Ayden-Grifton and Kinston.

GC’s Madison Holloman claimed the singles championship, knocking off Washington’s Kayla Clark in the final, 6-1, 6-0. Kaylee Tucker reached the quarterfinals for the Rams before being eliminated by Clark. Logan Wilson and MacKenzie Harper then clinched the title for GC by topping Washington’s Claire Shepard and Mia Pagnani in the doubles finale, 6-0, 6-2.

GC’s Alana Head and Hinson Britt and Ayden-Grifton’s Sari Dosch and Nyashia Sutton reached the semifinal round.

Holloman and the tandem of Wilson-Harper are regional qualifiers.

Rose sends trio in 3-A

J.H. Rose’s doubles pairing of Maryah Stokes and Ginger Evans won in their 3-A tournament on Tuesday to earn regional qualifier status.

Ella Jones reached the final round in the singles competition and also is headed for regionals in Wilson on Oct. 19.

Madeleine Mizelle reached the second round in singles, as did the tandem of Jayme Goldman and Cecelia Richardson in doubles.

CROSS COUNTRY

Conley boys place 11th, girls 22nd in Great American Cross Country Festival

The Vikings boys cross country team placed 11th out of 25 schools at the Great American Cross Country Festival with 254 points, led by 24th-overall finisher Peyton Walters with a time of 16:46 over the five-kilometer course.

Also placing for the Vikings was Owen Thorndike (39th, 15:59), Seth McKinney (41st, 17:00).

Conley’s girls finished 22nd with 578 points. Jennifer Perez was Conley's top finisher, placing 46th out of 287 competitors with a time of 20:40. 

JV VOLLEYBALL

J.H. Rose 2, Eastern Wayne 0

Rose won two convincing games, 25-7 and 25-11.

Mikiyah Corey’s five kills, Sloan Carlson’s seven assists and Emma Anderson’s five digs led the Rampants.

D.H. Conley 2, Heritage 1

Conley’s JV squad out-dueled Heritage in a tight match, 25-11, 25-27 and 25-10.

A'riana Crumpler had 13 kills to lead the Vikings, while Ella Philpot added six kills, Alyssa Thomas five kills and Anna Sawyer collected 19 assists.

D.H. Conley 2, Southern Wayne 0

Conley rolled to 17-0 this season after Philpot chipped in five kills to Crumpler’s four, and Olivia Dees added four of her own and hadAnna Sawyer 10 assists.

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