Falcons remain perfect, down Saints 3-0
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The South Central continued its dominance of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference Tuesday night after defeating Southern Wayne, 25-7, 27-9 and 25-11.
Alleigh Johnson (7 service points, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 1 kill), Alli Ruffin (7 assists, 3 kills) and Grace Sweers (9 assists, 3 kills, 1 service point, 1 block) led the way for the Falcons to keep their perfect record in tact.
After a 30-minute delay due to a blackout, both teams took to the court, and quickly SC rattled off a seven-point run to take a 9-1 lead. They continued to control the ball, and used a nine-point run to finish off the first set. The run included five service points from Johnson.
Nothing changed in the second and third sets, as the Falcons took advantage of careless mistakes by the Saints and cruised to their 13th win of the season.
Head coach Kayla Ruffin has found ways to keep her squad motivated and avoid complacency seeping into her team.
"I tell them that no matter who we're playing there is always something they can work on," Ruffin said. "I never find a game easy, and I'm always nervous before we play. I tell them to stay level headed and focus on the little things, so that when we play later we are all put together."
The Falcons (13-0, 8-0) will travel to face New Bern on Thursday.
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J.H. Rose 3, C.B. Aycock 0
J.H. Rose earned another win after sweeping C.B. Aycock, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-15.
Cece Wilkerson (9 kills, 7 blocks), Sydney Boyer (5 kills, 3 blocks) and Grayson Norwood (7 aces, 3 blocks) led the way for the Rampants.
Rose (11-7, 5-4) will host Ayden-Grifton tonight.
Ayden-Grifton 3, Washington 0
The Chargers defeated Washington, 25-7, 25-18 and 25-16 Tuesday night.
Emily Dykes (20 service points, 10 kills), Holly Cannon (11 service points, 24 assists) and Lexi Bryant (11 service points, 9 kills) led A-G in the win.
A-G will travel to face Rose tonight.
Wayne Country Day 3, John Paul 0
JP2 fell to Wayne Country Day Tuesday, 18-25, 23-25 and 23-25.
The Saints were led by Mary Grace Flowers (13 kills, 16 digs), Hailey Davenport (4 kills, 34 digs) and Calie Phelps (27 assists).
JP2 will close out conference lay Thursday when they host Wayne Christian.
Trinity 3, Bethel Christian 1
Trinity downed Bethel Christian 25-9, 11-25, 25-23 and 25-17.
Trinity (11-4, 6-2) will host Greenville Christian Academy on Oct. 14.
Conley boys take seventh at Great American Meet
The D.H. Conley boys cross country team recorded a top ten finish at the Great American Cross Country Meet on Oct. 5 in Cary.
The boys took seventh, finishing with 238 points. Peyton Walters led the way for the Vikings with a time of 16:19 to finish 33rd out of 255 runners. Other top performers were Seth McKinney (43rd, 16:31) and Jalen Wilson (47th, 16:33).
The girls finished 38th out of 45 teams in the blue division with 832 points. Annika Stokes was the top runner for DHC, finishing 126th with a time of 21:34.
Rams win conference tournament
The 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference held its conference tournament Tuesday at Greene Central. The Rams walked away tournament championship with 10 points and saw three groups qualify for further competition. In singles Venancia Miller qualified after falling to Washington's Mary Emma Hoscher in the championship match. In doubles the pair of Mckenzie Harper and Kristen Collie earned the top spot and an automatic qualifier. Joining them will be the pair of Hinson Britt and Kaylee Tucker. GC's Kaylee Hill was also named the tournaments exhibition champion.
Ayden-Grifton fourth with no points.
Trinity 6, Bethel Christian 1
Trinity had no problem defeating Bethel Christian Monday night.
Brad Harris (3 goals), Devin Black (1 goal, 2 assists), Brayden Hopkins (1 goal) and Brandon Gilbarte (1 goal) all scored for Trinity.
Trinity (5-7-1) will host Greenville Christian Academy on Oct. 14.
Trinity 2, Bethel Christian 1
Trinity needed an extra set to knock off Bethel Christian Monday, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-17.
Trinity (6-9, 3-5) will host Greenville Christian Academy on Oct. 14.
J.H. Rose 2, C.B. Aycock 0
J.H. Rose's JV team earned the win Tuesday night, defeating the Golden Eagles 25-7 and 25-10.
Amelia Taft (5 kills, 2 aces) and Langley Mercer (3 kills, 1 ace) led the team in the win.
Rose will host Ayden-Grifton tonight.
G.R. Whitfield 2, Bethel 1
Bethel fell to 5-3, 4-3 on the season after a tight loss to G.R. Whitfield Monday night, 25-13, 26-28 and 17-25.
Leading the way was Jayla Andrews (9 service points), Brooklyn Goldey (4 service points) and Gracey Lilly (3 service points).
Bethel will host Chicod for a double header tonight.