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Lady Vols hand NC first setback of season

Posted: September 22, 2016 10:03 a.m.
Updated: September 23, 2016 1:00 a.m.

After having opened the season with six consecutive wins in Region 4-AA play, the North Central volleyball team was taken down by neighboring rival Andrew Jackson in five sets on Tuesday night in Kershaw.

The loss was the first in seven conference outings for Andy Johnson’s troops which are now 6-1 in conference play and 9-2 in dual matches.

In the AJ (6-1) match, the visiting Lady Knights came out strong in winning the first set, 25-20, before making it 2-0 in the best-of-five match by taking the second, 26-24. The Lady Vols stormed back to win sets three and four, 25-18 and 25-21, respectively, to set up a fifth set tie-breaker which the hostesses would take to get the victory by a 16-14 count.

Logan Coates got the NC offense going by dishing out 42 assists. She also had 11 digs. 

Along the net, Deja Linton had 10 kills while Brr Lee and Abigail Durant added nine each with Gretta West slamming down eight kills. Lee and Linton added a pair of blocks each.

Kelsie Garner had a team-best 18 digs while Lee had nine. Scarlett Jones and Coates served up a pair of aces while Alexis Hackworth, Gardner and Linton had one each.

Before the loss to AJ, North Central breezed to a 25-9, 25-3 and 25-9 win over Central.

Coates had 33 assists to go with four digs, two aces and a kill. Linton and Lee had nine and eight kills, respectively, with West chipping in with six in the one-sided affair.

 

Carolina Challenge on tap Saturday in Boonetown: North Central will host the 11th annual Carolina Challenge Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24 at The Castle in Boonetown.

The tournament will consist of 12 varsity volleyball teams and will be play which includes the tournament hostesses, Lady Knights, along with Lugoff-Elgin, Lancaster, Buford, Indian Land, Westminster-Catawba, the Governor’s School, Hartsville, West Florence, Richard Winn Academy, Robert E. Lee Academy and Gilbert.  

All teams will play in pool play beginning at 8:45 a.m. The single elimination tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the championship match scheduled for 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

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