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North Stanly faces Murphy in 1A volleyball second round

The tumultuous season the North Stanly volleyball team endured in 2019 continued Tuesday night on the road at No. 9 Murphy.

Having lost 11 wins to forfeit, the Comets, seeded 25th in the 1A state playoffs, lost in four sets with scores of 22-25,25-22, 25-18 and 25-23 in favor of the Bulldogs (24-3).

Taegan Lowder led North (15-13) with 17 kills while senior Merris Talbert added 11 kills in her final match with the Comets.

“I’m proud of the way we played tonight. We could have dominated on a few more players here and there that would’ve changed the game a little in our favor but overall these girls played their hearts out,” North head coach Kadie Morgan said.

The loss Tuesday was North’s second in 28 matches on the court in 2019. The Comets did not lose a single set in any of its conference matchups although those results changed after the forfeits.

“I’m beyond proud of the way we dominated this season and they way that they have handled all the unfortunate things that have been thrown at us,” Morgan said.

“These are scholar-athletes that deserve to be recognized as champions no matter what. This is and will always be a dream team.”

North graduates four players from this season’s team: Talbert, libero Brinn Kimrey, setter Payton Landis and middle blocker Nicole Lowder.

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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