WEB: Tuesday High School Sports Results; Weds. Schedule
The Union Pines volleyball team met a buzz saw in Triton at home Tuesday evening.
The hard-hitting and hard-serving Hawks swept the Vikings 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15 in the conference showdown for first place.
The loss dropped the Vikings to 10-2 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference with two matches to go in the regular season. Both losses came at the hands of Triton, which improved to 11-1 and 14-2.
The Vikings were sharp at the start, jumping out to a 10-6 lead with Lindsay Wilborn and Courtney Sauer each chipping in with a pair of kills. But following a pattern that would repeat itself in each of the games, the Hawks responded with a long serving run.
Six straight points by Amanda Miller put the visitors in front 13-10 before a ball into the net returned the ball to the Vikings. Moments later, the Hawks' Alex Byrd served for four more points, two of them aces for an 18-11 lead.
The Vikings erred on their first three serves in the second game, helping the visitors jump out to a 12-4 lead. But the home team ralliedbehind the work ofCarly Shiflett and Mikayla Deardorff at the net. Trailing 17-13 setter Brynn Connor snuck in to win a point over the big Hawk hitters at the net. Then a service ace by Sauer made it 17-15.
That was as close as the Vikings would get. Sophomores Allie Johnson and Stephanie Wood each won a point with a tip before the former finished the 25-21 game with a slam.
The third game was tied at 6-6 when Johnson stepped to the line and served for 12 points to all but wrap things up.
In the opening match of day, the Union Pines jayvee team (10-2 league, 12-2 overall) defeated previously unbeaten Triton 25-23 and 25-16.
The beat goes on for the O'Neal boys' soccer team.
The Falcons extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 3-0 Triad Athletic Conference victory over Carolina Friends on Tuesday.
In a match played at George Mauser Field, Vincent Novasel, Mark Novasal and Michael McGowan took care of the goal scoring. Vincent Novasel and Alex Shore were credited with assists.
The win improves the record of Coach Kyle Kegl's squad to 3-2-4 in the league and 5-4-4 overall. Carolina Friends drops to 3-4-2 and 5-7-2.
O'Neal will try to keep its late season run going in matches at American Hebrew Academy on Wednesday and at High Point Christian on Friday.
The O'Neal volleyball team overcame a two-game deficit to defeat Carolina Friends 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16 and 15-8 at home on Tuesday evening.
Playing their first match in more than a week, the Falcons improved to 6-3 in the Triad Athletic Conference and 7-4 overall.
Leah Kelly led the Falcons at the net with 15 kills and two blocks, while teammate Cate Dahl added 10 kills and 11 service points, including three aces. The leading server for the winners was Melody Miller with 21 points and four aces.
A busy week continues with a 4 p.m. Thursday match at home against Oak Ridge Military and another at High Point Christian on Friday.
Pinecrest Cross Country
Brett Baggett andAmanda McKinneyled the Pinecrest boys' and girls' cross country teams to a sweep in Tuesday's conference meet held at Southern Pines Country Club.
McKinney set a course record on the grueling 5K layout with a time of 20:44. The Patriots took the first six places to post a perfect score of 15. The other team scores for the girls were Seventy-First 57, Hoke County 85 and Douglas Byrd 87.
Filling the second through sixth places were Stephanie Shannon, 21:35, Lauren Bishop, 21:58, Rebecca Dupre, 22:11, and Lexie Schustrom and Caitlin McArdle, 23:24.
Other Patriots finishing in the top 10 were Ashley Nance, ninth (24:45) and Jackie McElligott, 10th (24:48).
Andy Wacker and Mark Moon were among the Patriot boys sitting this race out. Baggett nipped teammate Andrew Garrison by one second for first place.
Following that duo across the finish line for the Patriots were Blake Smith, fourth (18:27), Bryce Pittard, seventh (18:45), Scot Whitecar, eighth (18:45), Alex Brown, ninth (19:10) and Craig Baggett, 10th (19:24).
The team scores for the boys were Pinecrest 22, Seventy-First 74, Hoke 77 and Douglas Byrd 92.
Unless there is an upset in one of this week's matches, the Pinecrest and Scotland County girls' tennis teams will meet one more time.
Pinecrest defeated Hoke County 9-0 on Monday. They were playing Seventy-First on Tuesday.
The Patriots and the Scotsare expected to finish the week tied for first place in the Mid Southeastern Conference with a loss apiece. Each beat the other 5-4 at home in memorable matches that extended well into the evening.
The two teams will meet again at 3:30 p.m. Monday on the courts at Richmond County to determine which team will get the higher seed for the dual team state tournament, beginning Oct. 17.
Also next week, Pinecrest will host the conference tournament being held at the Pinehurst Resort on Wednesday and Thursday.
Union Pines Soccer
Carlos Avila spun a hit trick in the first half spurring the North Moore boys' soccer team to an 11-0 victory over winless Chatham Central.
The win moved the fifth-ranked in 1-A Mustangs to 4-2 in the Yadkin Valley Conference and 7-4 overall.
Other goal scorers in the home match were Raul Chavez, Misael Gutierrez, Bernardo Cruz, Diego Garcia, Omar Gonzalez, Ozzie Castillo, Manny Mendoza and Jonni Lopez. Contributing assists were Joaquin Diaz, Gonzalez, Cruz, Chavez, Antonio Bernal and Rogelio Catalan.
Lopez and Avila shared the goalkeeping. The Mustangs are scheduled to play another home conference match tonight at 6:30 p.m. against South Davidson.
Other matches Tuesday, pending reports:
Cross Country North Moore, Thomasville at South Davidson, 5 p.m.
Girls' tennis High Point Christian at O'Neal, 4 p.m.
Volleyball Richmond at Pinecrest, 6 p.m. (jayvee, 5 p.m.); North Moore at Thomasville, 5 p.m.;
Cross Country South Johnston at Union Pines, 4 p.m.
Boys' soccer Pinecrest at Scotland, 7 p.m. (jayvee, 5:30 p.m.); Gray's Creek at Union Pines, 6:30 p.m. (jayvee, 5 p.m.); South Davidson at North Moore, 6:30 p.m.; O'Neal at American Hebrew Academy, 6 p.m.
Girls' tennis Western Harnett at Union Pines, 4 p.m.
Volleyball -- Harnett Central at Union Pines (Senior Night)
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