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Trojans sweep Scorpions in volleyball

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick volleyball team beat North Brunswick 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 in a non-conference match Aug. 27 at West.

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“They played a little bit tougher tonight than they have in the past,” coach Larry Salefsky said. “They controlled what was happening at the net. They passed well. We didn’t miss a lot of serves. They played a lot better.”

The first game was tied 10-10 when Hayden Huffman held serve for three points, including an ace.

A block by Myah Morse and Leilani Emile, followed by two aces by Haley Long, gave West an 18-14 lead. Neither team was able to sustain a rally the rest of the game, and the Trojans got the winning point on a kill by Courtney Chappell.

In the second game, West led 18-16 but the Scorpions were serving. A block by Emile led to a sideout and Jordan Clemmons hit two service winners in a 4-0 run that gave West a 23-16 lead en route to the victory.

West took control of the third game after a kill by Chappell put it ahead 13-10. On the ensuing possession, Huffman held serve for five straight points and an 18-10 lead. In the run, Hannah Pugh had a kill, Morse a block and Christian Strickland a tap over the net for a point. Again, neither could hold a rally thereafter before West scored match point on a kill by Emile.

“They’re definitely improving,” Salefsky said. “We have long way to go. But tonight was definitely the best match they played.”

 

South volleyball

South Brunswick beat Cape Fear Academy 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 Aug. 25 at South.

“Everyone contributed to the win,” new South coach Jennifer Mallard said, “and it was a wonderful team effort and showing for the first game of the season.”

The top contributors were Ashley Barber with six aces and a .500 hitting average. Cali Watson had a .666 hitting average. Kaitlyn Crabtree had a .416 hitting average. The team had 17 aces.

The junior varsity won 25-15, 25-9.

The Cougars won in four games Aug. 26 at Coastal Christian High School.

South won 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, 25-14. Watson had 12 kills and three blocks

Kelsi Kazmierczak had 10 kills and three blocks. Caylen Folmar had eight kills, four aces and 11 digs. Rexi-Lee Harris had 32 assists. Cassidy Clifton had 15 digs.