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Carrboro was just about perfect year in volleyball

The Buccaneers and Jaguars shake hands after their volleyball match Wednesday at Carrboro High School. Carrboro won 3-0 and finished the season undefeated in Mid-State matches.
The Buccaneers and Jaguars shake hands after their volleyball match Wednesday at Carrboro High School. Carrboro won 3-0 and finished the season undefeated in Mid-State matches.

There’s never been a Clemson men’s basketball victory in Chapel Hill.

There was never a no hitter thrown at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

There’s never been a Masters champion to win the tournament’s Par 3 contest, held the day before the first round.

Now, the Carrboro volleyball team can be added to the list of notorious nevers in sports, at least for another year.

In 24 matches in the 2A Mid-State Conference, the Jaguars have never lost a set.

Carrboro (23-1 overall, 10-0 conference) claimed its second straight Mid-State Conference tournament championship on Wednesday by sweeping Bartlett Yancey 25-12, 25-17 and 25-13 at Carrboro High.

The Jaguars were seeded second for the NCHSAA’s 2A state tournament and were scheduled to face Southern Vance in the opening round on Saturday at Carrboro High. (The game was played too late for today’s edition of the Chapel Hill News. See www.newsobserver.com or following editions of the Chapel Hill News for updates.)

The closest the Buccaneers (14-6, 7-3) came to taking a set Wednesday came in the second, when they jumped out to a 4-2 lead. Then Olivia Meyer-Massey took over on serve, leading to 12 unanswered points, including two aces that put Carrboro ahead for good.

“Every girl on this team has a significant serve,” said Carrboro coach Steve Scanga. “Olivia got on a streak that turned the tide in that set, but every one of these girls has that in them. They’ve all had streaks all year long.”

Freshman Destiny Cox, who already is being recruited by UNC among others, finished with six kills at outside hitter after playing in just the first and third sets.

“Destiny has a significant outside swing,” said Scanga. “So does Emma Fritsch, Mallory Link and Millie McGuire. My thoughts are once the state tournament comes, if one of my heavy hitters is having an off night, I have another one to stick right in there.”

Scanga has spent the whole season preparing for the state championship, and he’s got the right backyard in which to do it. The Jaguars have faced and defeated 10 teams from higher classifications, including victories over nearby rivals East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and Cedar Ridge. The only blemish on the team’s otherwise spotless record in 2014 was a five-set loss to Northwest Guilford.

Each of the last two years, Carrboro has fallen in the third round of the state playoffs. In 2013, it was Wheatmore that defeated the Jaguars in five sets. In 2012, it was Corinth-Holders.

It may help that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association seeded the playoffs this year for the first time ever, instead of the old model where teams were bracketed according to where they finished in conference play.

“If we had that model in place last year, we may have played Wheatmore later on,” said Scanga. “I think our nonconference games have prepared us well this year.”

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