Hoggard, Topsail volleyball to face off in finals; Pirates cruise in dual tennis playoffs

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Mideastern Conference Volleyball Tournament

No. 1 Hoggard 3     No. 5 Laney 1

(25-15, 25-14, 14-25, 25-10)

Hoggard received a bye through the opening round of this week’s Mideastern Conference Tournament and defeated Laney for the third time this season as Vikings advanced to the finals with a 3-1 win on Tuesday.

Logan Smith recorded a double-double for Hoggard with 10 kills and 18 assists. Kirby Smith also finished with 10 kills and Meagan Trotta tallied a match high 13 kills.

After jumping out to a two set lead, the Bucs battled back to force a fourth set, but Hoggard controlled play in the game and grabbed a 25-10 victory to clinch the match.

Hoggard advanced to the tournament finals on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Hoggard advanced to the tournament finals on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Hannah Freas led the Bucs with nine kills and Alex Erling had a team-high 14 assists. Sarah Jonkheer also recorded five blocks, while Haleigh Somberg finished with 13 digs.

The Vikings have the top seed as regular season champions and play No. 2 Topsail for the tournament title on Wednesday. Laney closed the year 12-11 overall.

No. 2 Topsail 3    No. 3 New Hanover 0

(25-19, 25-20, 25-18)

After splitting the regular season series, Topsail made easy work of New Hanover on Tuesday night as the Pirates grabbed a straight set 3-0 sweep to advance to the Mideastern Conference Tournament Finals.

Payton Shoenleber and Angelica Biele combined for 28 assists in the passing game, while Shoenleber, Madi Ford, Victoria Elder and Haley Wood each had seven kills apiece. Marlee Marrotta also tallied 18 digs in the result.

Topsail is a two-seed in the tournament and face No. 1 Hoggard on Wednesday. The Vikings took both meeting during the regular season. New Hanover closed the year 13-7 overall and now await their seed in the upcoming 4A playoffs.

 

NCHSAA Dual Tennis Tournament (first round)

4A: East Chapel Hill 6      Laney 0

Anna Porcelli. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Anna Porcelli. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

The Bucs drew a tough opponent for the opening round of the 4A dual tournament on Tuesday as Laney was swept 6-0 by East Chapel Hill during singles play. The Mideastern Conference regular season champions ended the season 13-3 overall and captured their first league title since 1996, but were missing top player Erin Nesselroade in the playoffs after she injured her ankle during practice earlier this week.

Nessleroade is scheduled to team up with classmate Anna Porcelli as doubles partners in the 4A East Regional on Friday. The two qualified for the individual event along with Suzie Schoolfield, Kendall Hanks and Sydney Young.

Kara Ferner will represent Hoggard in singles action at regionals along with Hannah Marble and Lauren Traflet in doubles.

Singles: No. 1 Savanah Bright (CH) 6-1, 6-1 def. Suzie Schoolfield (L); No. 2 Iskra Joskonmevic (CH) def. Anna Porcelli 6-4, 7-5; No. 3 Victoria Jones (CH) def. Kendall Hanks 6-2, 7-5; No. 4 Jocelynn Reckford (CH) def. Jessica Tucker 6-3, 6-1; No. 5 Madison Lewis (CH) def. Sydney Young (L) 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Isabel Green (CH) def. Cami Jefferson (L) 6-2, 6-1.
3A: Topsail 6    Western Guilford 0

Topsail advanced to the second round of the 3A dual tennis tournament following a 6-0 victory over Western Guilford in Hampstead on Tuesday.

Left-to-right back row:   Adriana Colon, Caroline Harris, Carmen Jordan, Stephanie Athenas, Sara Major, Chely Pritt; Left-to-right front row: Kinsley Beverage, Xueyang Li, Kasey Pfaff. Photo courtesy- Matt Harris
Left-to-right back row: Adriana Colon, Caroline Harris, Carmen Jordan, Stephanie Athenas, Sara Major, Chely Pritt; Left-to-right front row: Kinsley Beverage, Xueyang Li, Kasey Pfaff. Photo courtesy- Matt Harris

Caroline Harris, Xueyang Li and Sierra Doughtery dropped just one game apiece in a trio of straight set sweeps, while Carmen Jordan grabbed a 6-0, 6-4 result at No. 1 singles. Stephanie Athana also picked up a 6-1, 7-5 (7-4) triumph on No. 3 court over Allison Victory to help secure the match.

The Pirates (13-3) await the winner of Union Pines (11-1) and Cedar Ridge (8-8), while Harris, Jordan, Dougherty and Sara Major have all qualified for the regional tournament as individuals.

Singles: Carmen Jordan (T) def. Carrie Strickland 6-0, 6-4; No. 2 Caroline Harris (T) def. Mary Halvorsen (WG) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Stephanie Athanas (T) def. Allison Victory (WG) 6-1, 7-5, (7-4); No. 4 Xueyang Li (T) def. Samantha Bowen (WG) 6-1, 6-0;  No. 5 Sierra Dougherty (T) def. Sierra Bradley (WG) 6-0, 6-1; No. 6 Elvia Parra (T) def. Jessica Meadows (WG) 6-0, 6-0