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Chargers continue dominance, down Devils 3-0


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Ayden-Grifton Chargers volleyball team celebrated senior night by defeating South Lenoir Wednesday to improve to 19-1 on the season.

The Chargers (11-0 in league play) won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19.

The match marked the final time seniors Jordan Cannon, Zion Hardy and Kristen Capizzi stepped foot on the court in the regular season, with playoff seedings being released Monday. 

Cannon player her role perfectly, racking up 21 assists on the night with 15 points. At the end of the majority of her setups was Hardy, who slammed home 11 kills to go with 19 points. Emily Dykes also took advantage of the help from Cannon, adding 15 kills of her own to go with 16 points. Aaleyah Garris added 13 service points and Lexi Bryant 11 kills.

“These girls (Hardy, Cannon and Capizzi) mean a whole lot to me,” head coach Linda Bryant said. “Two of them have been with me for four years including JV. They moved up to varsity and just fit right in with the program. They brought their game. Whatever it takes to win that’s what they’re focused on.”

The Chargers to an early lead in the first set, scoring the first seven points of the match before a mistake by Hardy put the Blue Devils on the board. The score continued to rise, as the the precise setups by Cannon allowed Hardy and Dykes to take advantage on their way to a rout in the first set.

Once again the Chargers jumped out to a quick lead in set two, pushing the score to 21-5. South Lenoir struggled to find an answer defensively, giving up seven service points in what was the quickest set of the night. 

A different team took the court in set three, however, as South Lenoir scored the first point of the set, giving the Blue Devils their first lead of the match. The two went back and forth, trading points with neither able to create a decisive point to grasp a solid lead. It was once again Cannon setting up Hardy that narrowly pushed A-G ahead 7-5 early in the set. They grew lead to 13-7 before the Blue Devils called for a timeout.

Fatigue began to set in for A-G, as South Lenoir stormed back to tie the game at 13 after the break. Despite the close game the Chargers still had a noticeable edge in organization on the court. Cannon totaled assists on seven of the Chargers’ final 12 points, helping secure the match.

The Chargers have lost only four sets all season, with three coming in a season-opening loss to South Central, which currently holds a 17-2 record. 

A-G will round out the regular season Saturday as the Chargers travel to West Craven to make up a game lost during Hurricane Matthew. 

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

D.H. Conley 3, Eastern Wayne 0

The Vikings won two games in two nights in clean sweeps to cap a perfect regular season at 21-0, including 25-12, 25-7 and 25-13 game wins over Eastern Wayne on Wednesday night.

Conley will wait to hear its playoff opponent but will play on Tuesday.

Elana Fuller had nine kills and seven blocks to lead the Vikings (12-0 in conference), while Maddy May added eight kills and Macy Smith five, and Bailey Everett finished with eight assists.

D.H. Conley 3, Southern Wayne 0

The Vikings downed Southern Wayne 25-15, 25-10 and 25-9. 

Sara Dees had nine kills. May had seven kills and Macy Smith added five more. Olivia Lefever had 10 assists. 


Conley girls and boys win conference title

The D.H. Conley girls and boys cross country teams brought home a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship trophy Wednesday at Boyd Lee Park.

The girls claimed first place with 26 points, barely edging rival South Central. 

Natalie Baldwin of South Central was the first-place overall finisher, but three Conley runners, Jennifer Perez (second, 20:57), Emma Cole (third, 21:02) and Annika Stoakes (fourth, 21:26) sealed the win for Conley. 

Olivia Chiancone (8th, 21:46), Alice Guth (9th, 21:54) and Eve Curtis (10th, 22:02) were also named All-Conference after finishing in the top ten.

The Conley boys also brought home a conference title, dominating on their way to a first-place finish with 20 points. Fletcher Bost of South Central held off Conley’s Peyton Walters to win the individual title. Seven of the next eight runners were Vikings to round out the top 10. 

Walters finished with a time of 16:32, while third-place finisher A.J. Miller finished in 16:45. Owen Thorndyke (fourth, 17:03), Seth McKinney (fifth, 17:09), Jalen Wilson (sixth, 17:23), Toby Bryson (eighth,17:38), Eli Orians (ninth, 17:43) and John Anderson (10th, 17:44) rounded out the All-Conference finishers.


D.H. Conley 2, Eastern Wayne 0

The Vikings won the ECC title by blanking Eastern Wayne 25-11, 25-9.

Ella Philpot had five kills and Anna Sawyer 10 assists for the Vikings (21-0, 12-0).

Ayden-Grifton 2, South Lenoir

The Chargers hammered home a 19-1 season by sweeping South Lenoir, 25-14, 25-21.

Aubrie Jones had 12 service points, and Holly Cannon and Abby Langemann 10 service points each.


Hope wins pair

Hope Middle School’s A-team defeated AG Cox 2-0, 25-14 and 25-4.Carson Corey had 12 service points, while Mallie Blizzard added another eight service points.

Hope’s B-team also defeated Cox, 2-1, 25-22,16-25 and 25-17. Reagan Kresho had 12 service points.


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