ROUNDUP: Panthers volleyball downs Chargers
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
After a successful 2018 season, Ayden-Grifton needed a big win to jumpstart their 2019 campaign and they certainly got it on Tuesday.
After losing to South Central in their season opener, the Chargers (1-1) bounced back to defeat North Pitt (1-1) in straight sets, 25-7, 25-15, 25-14. Ayden-Grifton used their serving, defense, and athleticism to their advantage in cruising to victory.
Ayden-Grifton started on a 5-0 run before North Pitt scored four of the next five points. A 19-3 run got Linda Bryant’s squad off and running. Senior Aaleyah Garris led the way with 13 kills for the Chargers.
“[North Pitt] is in a rebuilding phase,” Bryant said. “They lost a lot of really good players from last year, but they’re a scrappy team. We can’t take any opponents for granted. With a team like mine that has six seniors, we had to be focused from the first serve.”
After the Chargers were dominant in the second set, North Pitt played a spirited third set. The final set was even for a short time before Ayden-Grifton took a 12-11 lead and never looked back.
The Panthers did win their first game in straight sets over Bertie on Monday, but Tuesday was a struggle for first year head coach Savanna Elkins and her squad.
“We were defeated from the beginning,” she said. “I still think we’re going to have a strong season. It’s a whole new offense and we lost some key seniors from last year. A lot of our players have to step up, but right now we’re just going to find our way.”
Ayden-Grifton goes on the road to face Farmville Central on Wednesday while North Pitt hosts Greene Central on Thursday.
-Laieke Abebe, The Daily Reflector
J.H. Rose 5, New Bern 4
The J.H. Rose girls tennis team opened its season with a win over 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe New Bern.
Taking wins in singles were Maryah Stokes (No. 1), Ginger Evans (No. 2), Kelli Melvin (No. 4), Mary Grace Smith (No. 5), and Murphy Fisher (No. 6). Janie Irons and Lilly Walker (No. 3) to JHR's lone doubles win.
Rose (1-0) will travel to face New Hanover tonight. Play begins at 4 p.m..
East Carteret 6, Ayden-Grifton 3
Ayden-Grifton lost its season opening match Tuesday.
Winning in singles for the Chargers were Sari Docsh (No. 1) and Lauryn Arnold (No. 3), while the pair of Arnold and Macy Mann picked up a win in No. 2 doubles.
A-G (1-0) travels to face Riverside tonight.
New Bern Christian 2, Trinity 1
Trinity couldn't score the equalizer in loss to New Bern Christian.
Brad Harris recorded the lone score for Trinity, which was assisted by Brayden Hopkins.
North Pitt 8, Ayden-Grifton 3
North Pitt gave up an early goal, but bounced back in a big way.
In the season opener for both teams, the Panthers won 8-1 over Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday.
The Chargers took an early lead thanks to a goal from senior Axel Hernandez. It was assisted by junior Jandery Angel and they took a 1-0 lead after four minutes.
Six minutes later, the Panthers scored twice to take a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. After they led 4-1 at halftime, North Pitt added four more in the second half to put the game further out of reach.
Junior forward Ryan Wright scored two goals to the lead the way for the Panthers. Johnny Garcia-Martin, Josue Jeronimo, Frank Neria, Eduardo Flores, Teodolo Lopez-Chavez, and Marco Bautista had one goal apiece.
Ayden-Grifton faces Chocowinity Southside on the road next Monday. North Pitt travels to South Central on Thursday.
-Laieke Abebe, The Daily Reflector
D.H. Conley 6, West Carteret 3
The Vikings kicked off the fall sports season Tuesday evening with a win over non-conference opponent West Carteret.
Four different players notched goals for DHC, led by a hat trick performance by Juan Esquivel in the first half. Ethan Kennedy, Griffin Purvis and Austin Harrell also recorded goals for Conley. Assists for the Vikings were awarded to Jesus Angel, Sebastian Mora, Purvis and Sammy Tulis.
DHC (1-0) will hit the pitch next on Aug. 27, when they travel to face White Oak.
New Bern Christian 3, Trinity 1
Trinity volleyball fell to New Bern Christian Tuesday evening, 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 16-25 and 23-25). The team will travel Thursday to face Jacksonville Christian.
J.H. Rose 3, Cleveland 1
Rose opened its season with a win Tuesday night by defeating Cleveland in four sets (19-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23).
Riley Cutler (14 kills), Grayson Norwood (12 kills, 8 blocks) and Tate Duke (10 digs) led the way for the Rampants.
Rose (1-0) will Ashely and Jacksonville in a tri-match Friday starting at 3:30 p.m..
Greene Central 3, Beddingfield 0
Greene Central head coach Emily Nelson picked up her first win Tuesday night, as the Rams knocked off Beddingfield in straight sets.
The victory opens the Nelson era on a high note as the group begins the season. GC (1-0) will hit the road tonight as they travel to Bethel to take on North Pitt at 2 p.m..
D.H. Conley 3, Heritage 0
D.H. Conley earned its first win of the season, downing 4-A opponent Heritage Tuesday evening in straight sets.
Maddy May (9 kills, 3 digs), Sara Dees (9 kills, 7 blocks) and Bailey Everett (17 assists) led the way for DHC in the win.
The Vikings (1-0) wrap up their first home stretch of the season tonight when they host Wilson-Hunt at 4:30 p.m..
Parrott Academy 3, Wayne Country Day 0
Arendell Parrott Academy continued its early season success on Aug. 13 when it defeated Wayne Country Day in straight sets, 3-0 (25-11, 25-11 and 25-17).
Virginia Edmonson (6 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces), Mackenzie Pope (8 kills, 23 assists, 4 aces) and Alli Grant Avery (17 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces) led the way for the Patriots in the win.