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North's Cleo Carter (No. 8) goes for a kill in a home game this season. Carter had three blocks in the Comets' win at Albemarle. (Photo by Charles Curcio)

North Stanly volleyball tops Albemarle

The North Stanly varsity volleyball team opened the season with a win over South Davidson but suffered back-to-back non-conference losses to Mount Pleasant and Central Cabarrus.

North headed down U.S. Highway 52 to take on county rival Albemarle. The Bulldogs opened with back-to-back wins over North Rowan and Vance. Playing its third game in three nights, Albemarle’s win streak ended with a loss to Uwharrie Charter.

The Comets stayed perfect in Yadkin Valley Conference play with a 3-0 sweep of the Bulldogs. Scores of the match were 25-12, 25-7 and 25-12.

Nicole and Taegan Lowder each had five kills to lead North (2-2, 2-0 YVC). Merris Talbert and Madi Morris each added three kills.

Brinn Kimrey led North with 10 aces and three digs while Cleo Carter had three of North’s five blocks. Alex Childress paced the Comets with seven assists while Payton Landis added six assists.

For the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2 YVC) Armani Baldwin had four kills while Somajhe Parker, Karlee Efird and Zycorial Tillman each added two kills. Baldwin also led Albemarle with six digs while Efird added four digs. Krystin McLendon had 10 assists for the Bulldogs.

North has two YVC games next week. The Comets host Uwharrie Charter on Tuesday and go to South Stanly Thursday.

Albemarle is off until Tuesday. The Bulldogs will play three straight games in as many days, going to West Montgomery, hosting West Stanly and traveling to Gray Stone.