The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 24, 2012

Colts, Bulldogs move forward; South, North, Gray Stone lose

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 — All five of the high school volleyball teams in Stanly County qualified for the 2012 postseason and had matches on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams playing at home advanced while those on the road had their season come to an end despite keeping the set scores.

2A Playoffs

West Stanly 3

Trinity 0

The Colts took full advantage of both the raucous student section, playing on their home court and the upper hand at the net that comes with having a size superiority in Saturday’s opening round playoff match at home against the Trinity Bulldogs.

Two West players combined for 17 blocks and the Colts easily advanced over the Bulldogs 3-0. Scores of the match were 25-11, 25-12 and 25-21.

Courtney Grant had a huge night at the net for West Stanly (19-2). The junior middle hitter had nine kills and eight blocks along with 11 service points. Emily Morgan added eight kills and a team-high nine blocks for the Colts, and Alex Poplin led the team with 19 service points.

West hosts West Davidson (14-10) at 6 p.m. tonight. The Dragons advanced with a 3-0 win over Wilkes Central.

Surry Central 3

North Stanly 0

The Comets traveled on Saturday and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Surry Central Golden Eagles in the first round of the state 2A playoffs.

Scores of the match were 25-15, 25-23 and 25-18.

North finished in second place in the Rocky River conference this season and was 15-6 overall this year.

1A State Playoffs

Albemarle 3

Bessemer City 1

Having fought their way through to win the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament, Albemarle earned a home game in the first round of the playoffs and hosted Bessemer City.

The Bulldogs overcame one rough set to win the final two and claim a 3-1 victory over the Jackets.

Akela Branch had another monster night for Albemarle (20-5) with 27 kills and 19 digs, while Alex Potter added 11 kills, five aces and five digs.

Samantha Blue and Tasmin Mack combined for 11 kills and Morgan Smet had 41 assists.

The Bulldogs travel to East Surry (18-7) for a 6 p.m. match tonight. The Cardinals advanced with a 3-0 win over North Wilkes.

North Stokes 3

Gray Stone 2

The Knights wrapped up their 2012 season with a 16-5 overall record, losing in the first round of the playoffs 3-2 at North Stokes.

Union Academy 3

South Stanly 1

The young South Stanly squad wrapped up their 2012 season in the opening round of the state playoffs at Union Academy, suffering a 3-1 loss.

Scores of the match were 26-24, 25-16, 18-25 and 25-15 in favor of the Cardinals (13-7).

Daje Drake led the Bulls (10-14) with 12 kills, while Taylor Gray added 10 digs and eight assists. Madison Hicks had three service aces and Jules Cohen had eight assists as well.

“We had a pretty good season considering we had the injury bug,” South Head Coach Tom Gray said

“We had a great group of girls this year that accomplished great feats on and off the court. This team was able to elevate the South volleyball program this year and next year looks even better.”