Hoggard volleyball rallies past Ashley; Laney, New Hanover grab conference wins

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Hoggard 3    Ashley 2   

(23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-12)

Hoggard kept its unbeaten streak alive inside the Mideastern Conference as the Vikings rallied past Ashley 3-1 on Thursday night.

Meagan Trotta. Photo courtesy- Rodney Wililams
Meagan Trotta. Photo courtesy- Rodney Wililams

After Hoggard jumped out to a commanding nine point edge in the opening set, the Screaming Eagles battled back with an 8-1 run to pull within, 13-15.  Ashley grabbed a 22-20 advantage to force a timeout before clinching the first set, 25-23.

The Vikings stormed back late in the second game and took a 15-14 lead thanks to the efforts of Kirby Smith as Hoggard eventually took control of set two to level the match with a 25-19 result. Smith finished with 16 kills, while older sister Logan Smith set the attack, recording 22 assists.

Ashley made a push to pull within two in set three, but Vikings’ Coach Ron Strickland called a timeout to get the team refocused. The break in the action worked in favor of Hoggard as the home team broke through and grabbed a two sets to one edge following a 25-17 result.

Madie Schider and Olivia Freeman were consistent on defense with a combined 30 digs, while Meagan Trotta closed a strong night as the outside hitter had 12 kills.

The Vikings improved to 4-0 in league play and 8-4 overall after clinching the match with a dominating 25-12 performance in the fourth and final game. Ashley fell to 0-3 in division and 3-3 on the year.


Laney 3      West Brunswick 1 

(16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22)

After dropping the opening set in Buctown, the home-sided Laney girls volleyball team used a strong game from the service line and consistent play from its hitters to grab a 2-1 advantage before closing out a key Mideastern Conference match in the fourth set.

Hannah Freas contributed with an all-around effort, seven kills and 12 digs, while Alex Erling set the attack with 13 assists.

Haleigh Somberg, left, talks it over with Sarah Jonkheer.
Haleigh Somberg, left, talks it over with Sarah Jonkheer.

West Brunswick cruised to a 25-16 win in the opener, but Haleigh Somberg hit three straight aces in the second set to give the Buccaneers a 16-9 edge. Laney evened the match at one game apiece with a 25-19 victory and outlasted the Trojans 25-22 in set three.

West Brunswick able to pull within one at 21-22, before the Buccaneers scored three of the next four points to grab a two sets to one lead.

Sarah Jonkheer and Brianna Hamilton played a big role at net with a combined seven blocks. Abbie Paswaters also contributed in the passing game with 10 assists.

Everything seemed to be going in Laney’s favor as the match moved into the decisive fourth set. The Buccaneers remained consistent with a big effort on defense and the attack by sprinting to an 11-6 cushion and 20-11 lead before Johnkeer put the game away 25-22 with her 12th kill of the night.

With the win, Laney moved up the division standings with a 2-1 mark in league play, improving to 8-1 overall. West Brunswick dropped to 2-2 in conference and 5-2 on the year.

Laney stats: Hannah Freas – Aces (2), Kills (7), Assists (3), Digs (12); Sarah Jonkheer – Kills (12), Blocks (4); Haleigh Somberg – Aces (3), Digs (10); Sarah Shropshire – Digs (4); Anna Morgan – Kills (4), Digs (7); Meredith Pooley – Digs (8); Alanne Francis – Digs (5); Brianna Hamilton – Blocks (3); Alex Erling – Aces (2); Assists (13); Digs (3); Skyler Curran – Kills (4), Digs (3); Abbie Paswaters – Assists (10), Digs (2)

New Hanover 3    Topsail 1  

(25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19)

Paris Backston.
Paris Backston.

Despite a strong effort by Payton Shoenleber, who finished with 10 points and 27 assists, New Hanover grabbed a 3-1 Mideastern Conference victory over Topsail on Thursday night.

Angelica Biele added nine assists and seven kills for the Pirates, while Marlee Marrotta finished with 20 digs.

Alyssa Gowdy paced the New Hanover attack with 10 kills and Paris Backston added eight. Olivia Backston was strong in the defense and finished with 21 digs. Courtney Loughran and Anna Cameron also combined for 30 assists in the result.

The Wildcats moved to 2-1 in league play and 6-1 overall. Topsail dropped to 2-2 and 7-5.

Topsail stats: Payton Schoenleber, Points (10), Kills (4); Assists (27); Haley Woods, Kills (5); Madi Ford, Points (2), Kills (8), Blocks (4); Angelica Biele, Points (11), Kills (7), Assists (9); Selena Biele, Points (2), Kills (4); Victoria Elder Kills (10); Marlee Marrotta, Points (10), Kills (1), Digs (20)

South Brunswick 3    Coastal Christian 1 

(25-12 , 22-25, 27-25, 25-21)
South stat leaders: Caylen Folmar with 7 kills, 3 aces, and 17 digs; Kimmie Williams with 13 kills; Morgan Anderson with 12 digs; Abby McEnaney with 4 aces; Kaitlyn Crabtree with 4 aces