Wildcats rally in volleyball; Ashley, Coastal Christian grab 3-1 victories

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New Hanover 3    Laney 1

(19-25, 25-13, 25-20, 26-24)

New Hanover snapped a three-game skid on Thursday night and moved one step closer to clinching a playoff spot for the first time under Coach Mark Hafer as the Wildcats defeated Laney 3-1 on senior night in Buctown.

Emily Andrews. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams.
Emily Andrews. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams.

Paris Backston led the New Hanover attack with 10 kills. Olivia Backston had 18 digs and Courtney Loughran contributed with 17 assists.

After dropping the opening game 19-25, New Hanover cruised to a 25-13 win to level the match and outlasted the Bucs late in each of the final two sets to earn the result. The Wildcats improved to 5-5 in conference and 12-5 on the year.

Anna Camron also had a strong effort in the passing game with 10 assists for New Hanover. Julia Rhine and Alyssa Gowdy each added seven kills apiece.

Sarah Jonkheer had nine kills and four blocks to lead Laney at net. Alex Erling set the attack with 26 assists, while Haleigh Somberg and Meredith Pooley recorded 12 digs apiece.

The Bucs fell to 10-9 overall and 3-7 in conference.

 Ashley 3   Topsail 1

(25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15)

Ashley has quietly played the role of spoiler this year and the Screaming Eagles struck again on Thursday with a 3-1 victory against Topsail.

Taylor Butts and Sam Luscher paced Ashley with seven kills apiece.

The Pirates saw their five game win streak come to an end and fell to 7-4 in conference, but Topsail remains in position to solidify second place in the regular season standings heading down the stretch. Ashley improved to 3-7 in league play.

Coastal Christian continued its late season run on Thursday.
Coastal Christian continued its late season run on Thursday.

Angelica Biele led the Pirates with 10 digs, while Marlee Marrotta recorded 24 digs and closed a strong night from the service line with five aces. Payton Shoenleber helped in the passing game as the senior setter had 24 assists.

South Brunswick 3   West Brunswick 2

(17-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-23, 15-9)

The Cougars rallied from down two sets to pick up a 3-2 win over West Brunswick.

Kaitlyn Crabtree had a strong night with 12 kills and seven aces, while Caylen Folmar recorded 27 digs. Folmar added nine kills, while Abby McEnaney tallied 25 assists.

Coastal Christian 3     Fayetteville Academy 1

(10-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-9)

After dropping the opening set on Thursday night, the Lady Centurions stormed back to capture a 3-1 victory against Fayetteville Academy.

Coastal Christian finished strong with a 25-9 result on the fourth and final set to clinch the match. Middle hitters Ally Vernon and Julia Master played a key role in the win. Vernon tallied a career-high and game-high 10 kills, while Masters finished with six kills and five blocks. Caroline Mansfield also brought a strong serve to the floor with eight aces. Anna Grace Holdford dished out 32 assists.

Coastal Christian moved to 4-1 in conference and 10-16 overall.