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Topsail had three singles players competing in the semifinals during Thursday’s 3A portion of the Mideastern Conference Tournament and No. 1 seed Carmen Jordan defeated teammate Caroline Harris 6-2, 6-1 to claim the individual championship. Jordan will have a favorable ranking heading into next week’s regional, while Harris also advanced as the runner-up.

Left-to-right: Caroline Harris, Carmen Jordan, Sara Major, Sierra Dougherty
Left-to-right: Caroline Harris, Carmen Jordan, Sara Major, Sierra Dougherty

Jordan battled to a straight set victory in the semifinals following a 6-1, 7-6 (3) tiebreaker against Allie Madison (West Brunswick). Harris dropped just one game over two matches before falling in the finals as the two-seed in the eight-player bracket.

Sara Major and Sierra Dougherty also took second place in the doubles draw to move on to the 3A East Regional at Barton College on Oct. 30.


Ashley 4    South Brunswick 0

Ashley had four different players find the back of the net as the Screaming Eagles ran their win streak to 17 straight games following a 4-0 shutout over South Brunswick.

Zack Smith, Drew Walters, Diego Abraham and Josh Chapman got into the scoring column for Ashley, who improved to 9-0 atop the conference and 17-0 overall.

 Laney 3     Hoggard 1

Wesley Nelson. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Wesley Nelson. Photo by Joe Catenacci

Laney grabbed a bounce-back win after Tuesday’s setback as the Bucs secured a 3-1 overtime result against Hoggard.

With the game timed after regulation, Wesley Nelson and Nathaniel Lorenz each scored goals in the extra period to secure the victory.

The Bucs improved to 5-3 in conference and 11-3-3 overall. Hoggard dropped to 6-2 in league play and 10-5-3 on the year.

New Hanover 2    West Brunswick 0

Jack Kiernan and Shaffer Lisle each scored goals as New Hanover blanked West Brunswick 2-0 on Thursday. Kiernan and James Henry picked up an assist, while Roman Lewis made two saves in goal.

The Wildcats moved to 4-4 in conference and 12-7-1 overall. West Brunswick fell to 3-5 in league play and 9-7 on the year.

Cape Fear Academy 5     Fayetteville Christian 0

Cape Fear Academy honored its seniors prior to their final regular season match at home this season and the Hurricanes used an all-around effort to grab a 5-0 shutout over Fayetteville Christian.

Robert Schuett and Zach Tomosunas both tallied twice and picked up an assist, while Matt Ferrante capped the scoring for Cape Fear Academy, while moving to 13-5-2 overall and 7-2 in conference.

The Hurricanes play in their season final at Coastal Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 20.


Hoggard 3    Laney 0

Logan Smith.
Logan Smith.

(25-12, 25-17, 25-12)

The Vikings wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 sweep over Laney to finish the conference schedule with a 12-0 mark, while improving to 13-2 overall.

Logan Smith and Kirby Smith were strong in the attack with 10 kills apiece. Camile Whitlock played a key role in the passing game with 14 assists and Madie Schider had 13 digs.

Hannah Freas had five kills for Laney and Alex Erling recorded eight assists. The Bucs closed the regular season 4-8 in league play and 11-10 overall. Both teams open play in the Mideastern Conference Tournament on Monday, Oct. 19.

West Brunswick 3    New Hanover 2

Ashley 3    South Brunswick 2

(17-26, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12)

After dropping the first two games on Thursday, Ashley battled to a decisive fifth set and grabbed a 15-12 result to pick up a 3-2 win at home against South Brunswick.