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Lady Knights look for another Region 4-AA volleyball crown

L-E, CHS stay unbeaten in conference play

Posted: October 9, 2017 3:21 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

North Central has a bit of housekeeping to do tonight and will then wait on word from Buford to see if the Lady Knights have an unscheduled conference volleyball match left to be played.

Last Thursday, Andy Johnson and company took care of a stubborn Chesterfield squad in three sets, 25-22, 25-15 and 25-9, to improve to 10-1 in Region 4-AA play and 12-2 overall heading into tonight’s road contest at Central. Should NC win its match tonight and should Buford defeat Andrew Jackson, also tonight, the Lady Knights and Buford will have both finished with identical 11-1 conference ledgers while having split their two matches against each other.

Should a tie-breaker be needed, it will be played at Andrew Jackson High School on Thursday at 6 p.m.

As for the Chesterfield victory, Madison Dixon led NC with 12 kills. She added four digs and a service ace. McKenna Arrants had an 11-kill, two-ace night while Alayna Johnson had eight kills, six digs, two aces and an assist.

Aaliyah White dished out 26 assists while adding three digs, a kill and an ace. Peyton Holley had seven digs, two assists, an ace and a kill with Tierra Preston serving up six aces to go along with two kills and a dig for the winners.

 

Lady Demons stay on a roll: Lugoff-Elgin hardly worked up a sweat in a 3-0 sweep of Crestwood  last Thursday night to improve to 6-0 in Region 6-4A while extending its regular season streak to eight matches in a row.

The Lady Demons took the first set over the Lady Knights, 25-6, before winning the second and third sets, 25-6 and 25-8.

 

Camden remains in control in Region 4-AAA: Camden had a busy week, including its annual Dig Pink match. 

The Lady Bulldogs came out of the four-match week with four victories including sweeps of Fairfield Central and Chester to stay atop Region 4-AAA with a perfect record through six matches.

Camden defeated FC, 25-12, 25-11 and 25-9. The Lady Bulldogs’ junior varsity team opened the night with a win.

Whitley Kahler was 17-for-20 from the service stripe with seven aces in the match. Catherine Todd was 10-of-11 with six aces while Madison Williams was perfect on 10 serves with three aces. Grace McGugan and Meg Matthews added two aces apiece.

Katharine Coplin had 10 kills on a 15-for-17 night at the net McGugan had three kills while Kahler had a pair as she was 16-for-16 hitting. Ajah Drakeford showed her offensive strength with three kills from seven attempts while Ariel Wright had two kills out of three attempts.

Kahler led the CHS defense with 22 passes to target while Matthews was on the mark with a dozen passes.

With setter Abby Irick still out due to injury, Todd and Jensen Williams assumed the shared setting duties.  “Both did a great job,” said CHS head coach Paige Wilson.

Last Wednesday, Camden defeated both Cardinal Newman (25-23, 23-25 and 25-20) and White Knoll (25-15 and 25-22) to sweep its annual Dig Pink Night matches.

“Our ninth annual Dig Pink event was a huge success,” Wilson said. “Attendance was bigger than ever and the community really came out to support our efforts to raise money for local cancer patients.  We donated $1,000 each to two local families battling cancer, cut hair for over 20 wigs for cancer patients and raised money to help more people. It was a great night for everyone.”

On the court against Cardinal Newman, Coplin had five aces while McGugan and Matthews had two each. Kahler had a dozen kills with Coplin adding six. Kahler also had 30 passes to target which Coplin and McGugan were next with 18 each.

In the win over White Knoll, the Lady Bulldogs received seven kills from Coplin and five each from Kahler and McGugan. Kahler also had four service aces and 19 passes to target. Todd led the team with a match-best 11 assists.

“Overall, I was pleased with our play considering that many are playing in new positions. We showed our versatility and more players are showing they can contribute,” Wilson said of the two wins.

Camden swept the varsity and junior varsity matches with Chester with the varsity overwhelming the Lady Cyclones, 25-7, 25-13 and 25-7.

Kathryn Rabon had seven aces while Kahler had six. Matthews and Williams had five and four, respectively. At the net, Coplin and McGugan had seven kills each with Kahler adding six. Todd dished out 21 assists in the win which capped a perfect run of four wins in three nights.

 “It was a busy week for us,” Wilson said. “Not having our main setter was a challenge but I was proud of the way we stepped up as a team to the challenge with many people playing in new positions and younger players did well with increased opportunities.  

“I was especially proud of Jensen Williams for stepping in as a setter and Grace McGugan shining in a defensive role.  It was a team effort that showed what we can do.  We need to carry that in to this week and the playoffs.”

 

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