Prep Roundup: Volleyball, girls' tennis playoffs begin in earnest

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 10:20 PM


ECH advances 4 to finals;

3 classes postponed (rain)

GREENSBORO — PAC-6 4-A champion East Chapel Hill got some good news and some bad news Friday and Saturday at the NCHSAA 4-A Midwest Regional girls’ individual tennis tournament at Page High School.

On the bad news front, East’s No. 1 singles star, Caroline Pope, just back from injury, stepped on a tennis ball during a match Friday an apparently suffered a dislocation at her fibula and ankle, costing her the rest of her season, including Tuesday’s upcoming dual-team second round playoff match at the state’s No. 1 ranked team, Raleigh Broughton.

On the good news side, East’s No. 2 singles player, Rainie Heck downed teammate Brooke Pritchard 6-4, 6-0 in Saturday’s semifinals before losing to West Forsyth’s Chelsea Sawyer in the title match 6-3, 6-1.

Pritchard lost in the consolation finals to Hannah Ansari of Page 6-3, 6-1.

By virtue of their top four finishes, Heck and Pritchard both advance to the state invidual championship rounds Friday and Saturday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh.

They’ll be joined there by teammates Meghana Holegadde and Iskra Joksimovic who lost in Saturday’s doubles semifinals and defaulted out in the consolation finals which trailing 4-2, retiring because of illness.

Lydia Yuan and Jessie Huang of the N.C. School of Science and Math have qualified for the 2-A state championship tournament by advancing to the singles semifinals of the Mideast 2-A Regional at Jaycees Park in Reidsville.

Also advancing to the state championship tournament Friday and Saturday will be the doubles teams of Danielle Sawyer and Olivia Shaheen of Carrboro and Gabrielle Beaudry and Rebecca Liu of N.C. Science and Math.

All the area 2-A state qualifiers will play Monday at 3 p.m. at Jaycees Park after rain forced postponement of championship matches on Saturday.

Kinsey Blount of Voyager Academy, the lone area representative competing in the NCHSAA 1-A East Regional at River Birch Park in Greenville, has advanced to the regional semifinals which will be played at 3 p.m. Monday in Greenville after postponements Saturday.

No area players qualified for the 3-A Mideast Regionals at Burlington Tennis Center, which were also postponed Saturday.


DA 7, Covenant Day 2 (3-A)

DURHAM — Durham Academy got a pair of wins from Olivia Li, Marie Li, Peyton Dilweg and Angelika Zelko to run past visiting Covenant Day School of Matthews in the opening round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association dual-team 3-A playoffs Saturday.

The Cavaliers, now 14-4, travel to Cary Academy for a second round playoff match on Tuesday at 4 p.m.



NCHSAA 1st Round

Voyager 3, Heide Trask 0 (1-A)

DURHAM — Sydney Holland played a brilliant two-way mach, scoring 21 points (17 kills, 4 aces) and adding 21 digs on defense as Voyager Academy advanced to the second round of the state 1-A playoffs 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

Megan Harris added 11 kills, 3 aces and 10 digs for the Vikings, who advance to Tuesday’s second round.

The North Central Athletic Conference co-champion Vikings improved to 17-3 and will travel to 11-10 Whiteville for a second round match on Tuesday.


Cedar Ridge 3, Williams 0 (3-A)

BURLINGTON — Bailey Freeman scored 17 points, Kacia Vines 16 and Cass Michal had 43 assists as Cedar Ridge downed Burlington Cummings 29-27, 25-13, 25-15 to advance to the second round of the state 3-A playoffs.

Cedar Ridge, the No. 2 seed from the Big Eight Conference, improved to 21-7 and will host Ledford (17-7) on Tuesday.


S. Granville 3, Pasquotank 0 (2-A)

CREEDMOOR — Casey Ellington (8 kills, 5 blocks, 3 aces) scored 16 points and Annie Preddie had 20 assists as Northern Carolina 2-A Conference champion South Granville routed Pasquotank 24-12, 25-11, 25-9 to advance to the second round of the state 2-A playoffs set for Tuesday.

South Granville will host Washington in the second round.


Other 1st round results ...

DURHAM — In other first-round NCHSAA playoff volleyball action Saturday, Roxboro Community downed Granville Central 3-0 and Whiteville downed visiting Kestrel Heights 3-0 in 1-A.

In 2-A, Carrboro improved to 18-6 with a 3-0 win over Eastern Randolph and will host Climax Providence Grove on Tuesday.

In 3-A, Chapel Hill (19-8) downed Wilson Hunt 3-0 and will travel to Swansboro (18-4) Tuesday for the second round, while Orange was eliminated by Corinth Holders 3-1.

In 4-A, Raleigh Wakefield (20-2) eliminated 12-7 Roxboro Person 3-0 and Raleigh Millbrook (14-7) eliminated East Chapel Hill 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 19-25, 15-6). East finished the season at 13-10.


Note to coaches — Email results by 10:30 p.m. night of event to Include a cell number for immediate contact in case we have questions. Also, email playoff schedule, if applicable, including date, time, site and opponent to at least 24 hours before match.


NCISAA 1st Round

Dual-Team Playoffs

DA 7, Covenant Day 2 (3-A)

SINGLES — Olivia Li (Durham Academy) d. Jessie Floyd 6-2, 6-4; Marie Li (DA) d. Madison Wall 6-0, 6-2; Peyton Dilweg (DA) d. Sullivan Higson 6-1, 6-1; Camille deBrun (CD) d. Julia Tillman 6-1, 1-6, 6-2; Gaby Hall (CD) d. Ellis Toms 6-2, 2-6, 10-8; Angelika Zelko (DA) d. Libby Rau 6-3, 6-2.

DOUBLES — O. Li/Tillman (DA) d. Floyd/Wall 8-2; M. Li/Dilweg (DA) d. deBrun/Higson 8-3; Zelko/Lindsey Molina (DA) d. Maddy Shelton/Ansley Swann 8-0.

Records — Covenant Day School 9-9, Durham Academy 14-4.


NCHSAA 1st Round

Voyager 3, Heide Trask 0 (1-A)

25-18, 25-14, 25-20

Voyager leaders — Sydney Holland 17 kills, 23 digs, 4 aces; Megan Harris 11 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces.

Records — Heide Trask 8-8, Voyager 17-3.

Cedar Ridge 3, Williams 0 (3-A)

29-27, 25-13, 25-15

Cedar Ridge leaders — Bailey Freeman 15 kills, 2 blocks; Cass Michal 43 assists, 4 digs; Kylie Litaker 13 digs; Chelsea Hill 9 kills, 8 digs; Kacia Vines 10 kills, 6 blocks; Mary Anderson 9 digs.

Records — Cedar Ridge 21-7, Burlington Cummings 17-6.

S. Granville 3, Pasquotank 0 (2-A)

24-12, 25-11, 25-9

South Granville leaders — Annie Preddy 1 kill, 3 aces, 20 assists; Cayce Bell 8 kills, 1 ace; Casey Ellington 8 kills, 3 aces, 5 blocks.

Records — Pasquotank 16-11, South Granville 22-5.