The push for a spot in regional competitions were met by a handful of local athletes this week as tennis players and golfers now prepare for postseason play later on this week. Hoggard volleyball rolled to its fourth straight unbeaten season inside the Mideastern Conference, extending its win streak in the league to 50 consecutive matches dating back to 2012.
On the tennis court, Caroline Harris of Topsail continued her impressive play at this week’s Mideastern Conference 3A Championship. Moving into tournament play, Harris did not drop a game in 3A regular season play. While that trend was halted in the tournament, she still took the singles crown handily, losing a total of 4 games in two matches, three to her team mate, Sierra Dougherty, in the finals.
Harris and Dougherty begin their quest for an individual state tournament berth at regional play Oct. 21-22.
Laney’s Caroline Cahill and Jayla Rogers dominated the local field all season and put in a big performance during this week’s 4A Central Regional competition at Pinehurst No. 1.
Cahill took first-place at the event after out dueling Elizabeth Nguyen of Pinehurst in a playoff hole after both golfers fired a, 73. Rogers took fourth place in the tournament with an impressive, 75. Hoggard’s Anna Moore will also represent the Vikings at this year’s state championship after the junior made the cut line.
Cahill and Rogers will compete at the 4A North Carolina High School Athletic Association Championship set for Oct. 24-25 at Pinehurst No. 5. Cahill will tee off in the lead group at 8 a.m. on Oct. 24, while Rogers is set to go off at 8:09 a.m. Moore has an 11:27 a.m. scheduled tee-time.
Kirby Smith banged in 12 kills in Hoggard’s 3-0 sweep over Topsail to close out the Mideastern 4A Conference season back on Tuesday. Paige Corrigan put down nine kills, while Hannah Dunlop added seven kills on the night. Madie Schider had 22 digs and 28 receptions to lead the defense.
The Vikings have a top seed and first-round bye in the conference tournament, which got underway on Wednesday.
Seeding for the upcoming state playoffs is set for Oct. 25, with first-round action scheduled to get underway on Oct. 26.
Mideastern Conference Tournament
No. 2 New Hanover 3 No. 7 West Brunswick 1
(23-25 25-15, 25-21, 25-15)
No. 3 Laney 3 No. 6 Ashley 0
(25-15, 25-23, 25-10)
Laney stats: Hannah Freas: Kills (11), Digs (6); Sarah Shropshire: Kills (8), Blocks (2), Digs (4); Alanne Francis: Digs (10); Meredith Pooley: Digs (16); Ashlynn Willoughby: Kills (3), Blocks (2), Digs (2); Alex Erling: Aces (2), Assists (25), Digs (9)
No. 4 South Brunswick 3 No. 5 Topsail 0
(25-8, 25-12, 25-21)
Thursday’s Semifinals: No. 1 Hoggard vs. No. 4 South Brunswick; No. 2 New Hanover vs. No. 3 Laney