Twenty-two days of not sitting atop the Region 4-AA volleyball standings appears to have been more than North Central could take.
A loss to Buford in the conference opener on Sept. 1 put the Lady Knights as going from the hunted to the hunter. Last Thursday, Andy Johnson’s squad bagged the one which got away the first time in handing Buford a 3-1 loss in a match played in Lancaster County.
The victory gave NC, which is ranked second in the most recent South Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association weekly poll behind Bishop England, a 9-3 overall record but more importantly a 7-1 mark in 4-AA action. The Lady Knights are tied with Buford with four conference matches left on the schedule.
The Yellow Jackets looked as if they would go for the sweep by taking the first set, 25-17. The Lady Knights stormed back, taking the second set, 25-21, before closing the evening with a 25-20 victory in the third set and a 26-24 win in the finale.
“We came out in the first set with too many unforced errors and as the night went on, we did a better job of controlling the ball when we had it on our side of the net,” Johnson said.
Lady Knights host AJ in Dig Pink match: When North Central hosts rival Andrew Jackson on Thursday, the match will be much more important than it being a Region 4-AA pairing.
The contest will be the centerpiece for NC’s annual Dig Pink match at The Castle in Boonetown. The junior varsity match kicks off the night starting at 5 p.m. with the varsity teams taking the court at 6:30 p.m.
The night is always one of the best-attended and most anticipated match on the regular season schedule.
This marks the fifth year that North Central High School has participated in an annual Dig Pink volleyball event in order to help raise funds for the Side-Out Foundation. The Side-Out Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps with breast cancer education, awareness and treatment.
Over the past four years, the NC volleyball program has contributed $2,268.90 to the Side-Out Foundation.
Fans are asked to dress in pink with a prize being awarded to the pinkest fan in attendance. There will also be a donation jar set up at the pledge table at which time fans may donate their spare change to help the cause.
Fans will also be able to compete for prizes donated by local merchants in the “Serving for the Cure” contest which will take place during the intermission of the match. In this contest, advertisements displaying a business name or logo will be placed on the floor. Contestants make a donation in order to have an opportunity to serve a volleyball. If the contestants’ serve hits an advertisement, that person will be awarded a prize from that business.