VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK: Three Stanly teams advance to third round

Published 2:57 pm Thursday, October 26, 2023

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In high school volleyball games Tuesday night, three Stanly teams advanced in their respective brackets.

2A Playoffs

North Stanly 3, North Wilkes 1

The No. 4 seeded Comets had one streak end but another continue in a four-set win at home versus No. 13 North Wilkes.

While the consecutive streak of sets won for North Stanly (27-1) stopped at 32, the Comets kept a 24-match win streak alive. Scores of the match were 25-16, 25-22, 21-25 and 25-21 in favor of the host Comets.

The first set was tied 6-6 before North went on a 6-0 run and led the rest of the way.

In the second set, North Wilkes (21-5) led as late as 19-17 before North Stanly rallied and won the set on a solo block by middle blocker Aniston Talbert.

The Vikings opened the third set with a 10-3 run, and the Comets rallied to within one point, 22-21, before three straight North Wilkes points gave the visitors the set.

North Stanly opened the fourth set with a 14-6 run but the Vikings pulled within two points, 22-20, late in the set before the Comets scored on three of the final four points to move forward in the playoffs.

The Comets will host No. 5 seed McMichael (28-6) Thursday night at 6. The Phoenix, champions of the Mid State Conference, advanced with a three-set win versus No. 12 Randleman.

West Stanly 3, Surry Central 1

West Stanly entered Tuesday’s home second-round playoff match looking for a victory and a berth into the third round for the second straight season.

The Colts rallied from losing the second set and topped the Golden Eagles in four sets to do just that.

Scores of the match were 25-15, 22-25, 25-12 and 25-15 in favor of the Colts (22-6).

The Colts jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the opening set and won the first set easily, but the second set went back and forth. Tied at 18, the Golden Eagles (12-13) outscored West 7-4 the rest of the set to tie the match.

Leading 12-11 in the third set, a 10-0 run by the Colts helped build a double-digit lead en route to taking the lead in the match two sets to one.

West led 10-9 in Set Four and a 9-1 run helped the Colts pull away for the victory.

The Colts will be on the road Thursday night at No. 3 seed Southwestern Randolph. The Cougars advanced with a three-set sweep of Mount Pleasant.

1A Volleyball

Gray Stone 3, Alleghany 0

The Knights, the No. 7 seed, advanced to the third round of the 1A Western Region winning with scores of 25-15, 26-24 and 25-23 versus the No. 10 seeded Trojans (19-7).

Gray Stone will go on the road Thursday night to face No. 2 Highland Tech (27-2). The Rams advanced with a three-set win versus No. 15 Swain County.

Rosman 3, South Stanly 0

The Bulls’ season ended on the road Tuesday night against the No. 9 seeded Tigers with scores of 25-13, 25-21 and 25-17.

South ended the season with a 9-16 overall record, reaching the second round of the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons.


About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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