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West Stanly volleyball hands North Stanly first loss of season

Saturday’s volleyball rematch in Red Cross saw the West Stanly Colts host a North Stanly team which had won 17 in a row to start the season.

The Comets, the only undefeated 1A team in the top 25 MaxPreps rankings, fell to the Colts in straight sets with scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23.

“We came in ready for a rematch,” West head coach Stephanie Dutton said. “Both defense and offense came in and successfully executed (their jobs) with very few hitting errors and fantastic defense from blockers and passers.”

Cristin Cline led West (16-3) with nine kills while Madison Kee and Dani Moss had six kills each. Addie Barbee added five kills and led with 24 assists along with nine digs. Kesley Parker led West with 11 digs.

Dutton added blocking was a factor in the win. Senior Raelee Furr had four double blocks while  slowing down North’s outside hitters, according to Dutton.

Merris Talbert led the Comets with eight kills while Taegan Lowder added seven kills. Brinn Kimrey had 14 digs while Payton Landis and Alex Childress combined for 18 assists.

West Stanly returns to conference play Monday night at Central Academy looking to stay perfect in the RRC standings while North Stanly hosts South Stanly (9-8, 8-4 YVC) Tuesday.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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