WEB: Tuesday High School Sports Results; Weds. Schedule
The third round beckons the Union Pines volleyball team after Tuesday's convincing 25-16, 25-15, 23-35 and 25-13 victory at Wilson Fike.
The Vikings (19-3)are expected to be back in action in the 3-A state tournament Thursday against an opponent still to be determined.
"I think net play is pretty much what won it for us," Viking coach Leslie Fish said afterward. "We had (Fike) scrambling all over the place and we also served tough."
The statistics tell the story. Mikayla Deardorf, with 16 kills and seven blocks, and Carly Shiflett, with 16 kills and six blocks, had big nights up front. Courtney Sauer had 10 kills to go with six digs and Lindsay Wilborn chipped in with eight kills. Setting them up were Brynn Connor with 34 assists and Brianne Hendrick with 10.
Defensively, Connor had six digs, Hendrick had five and Caitlin Harris and Caroline Lea had three each. The leading servers were Shiflett with 19 points and Conner with 13.
The win over the No. 1 seed from the New Six Conference improves Union Pines to 19-3 on the season.
Union Pines Soccer
Carson McLean recorded a second half hat-trick to help the Union Pines boys' soccer team ease by South Johnston 5-2 in a semifinal match of the Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday.
The victory puts the Vikings (20-1-2)in Thursday's 6:30 p.m. championship match at home against Harnett Central (15-3-2).
In the first of the two games played at Wilhoit Stadium on the cold evening, Harnett Central advanced with a 2-1 win over Southern Lee.
Diego Paul and Dalton Hadlock scored first half goals, giving the Vikings a 2-1 lead at the intermission.
McLean's outburst began in the 47th minute with a goal off of a touch from Hadlock, making it 3-1. In the 68th minute, Hadlock crossed a ball from the right that McLean put in the back of the net with his first touch.
That goal was countered by a South Johnston penalty kick only about fourminutes later, making it 4-2. Outside midfielder Todd Gingerich released several laser shots from long range that missed the mark before Mclean completed the scoring with a long shot of his own in the 68th minute.
Union Pines Tennis
There was vindication in more ways than one for the Union Pines girls' tennis team at home Tuesday.
The Vikings defeated Burlington Williams 6-3 in the second round of the 3-A state duals, avenging a 5-4 loss to that team in last year's third round.
Maura Lenahan, who lost a pivotal singles tie-breaker to Williams' Megan Colonel last year, won a tie-breaker over Colonel this time to sendthe Vikingsinto the doubles matches tied at 3.
All three Viking duos won their doubles matches, setting up a third round showdown with Wilson Fike Tuesday.
"Maura's match was huge," Union Pines coach John Frye said after the junior won the tiebreaker 7-2. "Had she dropped that game, we'd be down 4-2and it's real hard to come back from a deficit like that. She stuck in their and pulled that tie-breaker out."
The other singles winners for the Vikings were Neena Wanko, 6-2, 6-0 over Margaret Kernodle, and Kendra Black, 6-4, 6-1 over Lydia Allen.
Making the tie-breaker win by Lenahan especially critical was the fact that the No. 1 doubles team for Williams of Margaret Kernodle and Carolyn Kernodle wonthe EastRegional championship last weekend. They defeated the Vikings' team of Katie Kelly and Natasha Whetzel 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals of that event.
In the first doubles match toconclude under the lights Tuesday, Wanko and Black were 10-4 winners. Lenahan and Lydia Stalls then won 10-6 to clinch the Viking victory.
But there was one more piece of vindication to come. Kelly and Whetzel came from behind to defeat Kernodle and Kernodle10-8 in a match that produced some of the evening's best tennis.
"Burlington Williams is a quality team," Frye said, " and you always want to beat a quality team."
The Falcons won their first-round match of the NCHSAA state 2A tournament Tuesday at Westchester Day School.
O'Neal beat the hosts 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-19 to advance to a second-round date with Asheville Christian, at 10 a.m. Friday at Fayetteville Academy.
Leah Kelly led the way with 14 service points. Cate Dahl added 11, and Jackie Woodyear added 10. Kelly led the team in kills with 14.
North Moore Soccer
The North Moore boys' soccer team was upset 1-0 by Thomasville on Monday before completing the regular season on Tuesday with a 12-0 victory at Chatham Central.
"We played a very uninspired, slow paced game, and allowed Thomasville to hang around," Mustang coach Michael Shamberger said. "They scored in the second half, and when we decided to play it was too late."
On Tuesday, the Mustangs tried to make up for it. The goal scorers were Bernardo Cruz, Rogelio Catalan and Joaquin Diaz with two apiece, Ozzie Castillo, Manny Mendoza, Eric Diaz, Rual Chavez, Omar Gonzalez and Carlos Avila.
Contributing assists were Diego Garcia (2), Omar Gonzalez, Eric Diaz, Chavez, Castillo, Avila, Edwin De La Cruz and Joaquin Diaz. Jonni Lopez and Avila shared the goalkeepingfor the Mustangs.
North Moore, 10-7 overall,finishedYadkin Valley Conference play with a 7-5 mark behind first place East Montgomery and second place Jordan Matthews. The Mustangs should qualify for the 1-A state playoffs, beginning next Wednesday.
Tuesday matches, pending reports:
Girls' tennis -- O'Neal at Fayetteville Academy, 3 p.m.
Boys' soccer -- Douglas Byrd at Pinecrest, beginning with jayvee match at 5:30 p.m. (Senior Night)
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