Chargers earn 21st straight conference win, sweep Hawks 3-0
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Friday, September 20, 2019
Ayden-Grifton notched its 21st consecutive conference win Thursday night, sweeping North Lenoir, 3-0 (25-11. 25-18 and 25-16). The Chargers ended the week 2-0 with wins over two of the top three teams in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference with wins over North and South Lenoir.
The Chargers (8-4, 4-0) received stellar outings from Emily Dykes (10 kills, 3 blocks, 1 assist) and Aaleyah Garris (7 blocks, 7 kills, 3 service aces). Holly Cannon added 27 assists and 12 service points.
"I thought they did well," A-G head coach Linda Bryant said of her teams performance. "We didn't have one of our starters playing tonight, so our performance says a lot. The team still had the drive and momentum to still get the win in three sets."
The Chargers came out hot, using runs of six and eight points to quickly build a comfortable lead in the first set, 16-6. They then used another six-point run at the end of the set to close out and move ahead 1-0.
Set two looked very similar to set one, led by powerful kills from Dykes and Garris. The Hawks earned seven of the last 11 points, but A-G had once again built a commanding lead to move ahead 2-0.
The Hawks wouldn’t go down quietly however, as kept the score to within three for a large portion of the final stretch. Cannon continued her strong performance, dishing out assists on four of the Chargers final six points.
Bryant was happy to see her team end the week 2-0, and create more space atop the conference.
“Im excited, but we will never underestimate our opponents,” Bryant said. “Any given day you can lose, have a bad day or face an injury. I’m just thankful and grateful for how we’ve played this week.”
A-G will travel to face conference rival Greene Central on Sept. 24.
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Coastal Christian 3, Parrott Academy 2
Parrott Academy (12-2) protested its loss to Coastal Christian from Wednesday evening. Coastal Christian won 25-23, 25-22, 19-25,14-25 and 16-18. The NCISAA protest committee did find that an incorrect call was made by officials at the game, but decided not to overturn the game, so the result will stand.
Alli Grant Avery (29 kills, 2 blocks), Virginia Edmondson (21 digs, 19 service points) and Jorja Tuten (9 digs, 2 aces) led the way for the Patriots.
D.H. Conley 3, Rocky Mount 0
D.H. Conley picked up its third straight win Wednesday night, sweeping Rocky Mount 25-5, 25-16, 25-9.
Leading the way for DHC was Alexis Desoto (eight kills), Sara Dees (eight kills), Ella Philpot (eight kills) Olivia Lefever (19 assists) and Olivia Hunt (four aces).
Conley boys take first, girls second in conference meet
The D.H. Conley boys cross country team walked away in the top spot Wednesday, finishing with 25 points. Rival J.H. Rose finished third with 69 points.
Landon Williams (18:26) pulled away late to take the top overall spot. DHC also placed eight runners in the top 11 spots.
The Vikings girls team finished second behind New Bern with 32 points.
DHC was led by Annika Stokes (22:15) who finished second behind Hana Smith of New Bern.
Conley will head to the Adidas XC Challenge in Cary Saturday.
J.H. Rose 8, D.H. Conley 1
J.H. Rose picked up a big 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference win over crosstown rival D.H. Conley Thursday.
Picking up wins in singles for JHR were Maryah Stokes (No. 1), Ginger Evans (No. 2), Cecilia Richardson (No. 3), Kelli Melvin (No. 4) and Murphy Fisher (No. 6). Annika Ross (No. 5) picked up the lone singles victory for the Vikings.
The teams of Melvin and Fisher (No. 1), Jayme Goldman and Anna Vaughn (No. 2) and Ella Jones and Mary Grace Philpot (No. 3) led Rose to a sweep in doubles play.
D.H. Conley 2, Rocky Mount 0
D.H. Conley had no issues taking down Rocky Mount Wednesday, 25-11 and 25-12.
Alyssa Thomas (nine kills), Cassie Dail (five kills) and Carson Corey (16 assists) all had strong outings in the win.