West Johnston dominated the decisive fifth set to claim a hard-earned Greater Neuse River 4A Conference volleyball win on Thursday. The Wildcats (4-5 overall) took the win, 25-15, 34-36, 23-25, 25-11, 15-5.
The match included a grueling 40-minute long second set. The teams remained tied or within one point of each other from the 24-all mark until Central won two straight points. (Teams must win by a two-point margin.)
“Both teams had used both of their timeouts by about the 21-point mark, so the girls had to have consistent play to keep the game going,” said West coach Meredith Blake of the set. “There were just two good teams who wanted the win. Each team struggled at times but they both managed to work as a team and fought hard throughout the game.”
West Johnston rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second set, then had to hold off the Trojans’ comeback attempt in the third set.
Blake said her team’s inability to finish games has been an issue all season, but they finished very strong on Thursday: “They finally decided that it was time to work together and play with heart and take the win.”
Tatianna Thompson had nine service points in a row to close out an unexciting (when compared to the others) fifth set. Abby Barbour had six kills in the last set and rolled up 23 in the match.
“This win was big for us because Harnett Central is a talented team and strong in our conference,” Blake said. “As a coach it felt different because I had the chance to see my team come back from being down and play with so much heart and desire.”
Corinth Holders gets breakthrough tennis win: Corinth Holders did something last week that nobody else has been able to do in the Two Rivers 3A Conference: the Pirates topped Triton in a girls dual tennis match, 7-2.
It is Triton’s first loss in more than two years in conference play. The win moves Corinth Holders to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The Pirate singles lineup this season includes Megan Dyer, Alex Rodier, Ashley Stufano, Cecilia Fricke, Isabella Duncan and Kate Altman. Tayah Hichue plays among the singles players in doubles for Corinth Holders.
Gonzalez wins Knight Invitational: South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez won the boys championship at the Knights Invitational cross country race in Rocky Mount on Saturday. Gonzalez finished in 15:58, nearly 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Smithifeld-Selma’s Caleb Silver was 10th. South Johnston placed ninth in the team standings.
Dershems finish in top 10 at Seahawk Invitational: Cleveland brothers Gable and Wyatt Dershem both finished in the top 10 of the boys championship division at the Seahawk Invitational on the campus of UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Gable Dershem took fourth in 16:42.18; Wyatt was sixth in 16:58.58.
The Rams finished fifth in the team standings.
Garner’s William Knabe was 18th (17:49.77).
Pirates blank Franklinton: Corinth Holders grabbed its fifth win of the boys soccer season with a 3-0 decision over Franklinton on Thursday night. Jack Moelier had two goals for the Pirates (5-2). Dillon Parker scored the third Corinth Holders goal.
Moeiler and Jose Benavides both has assists.
Louisburg takes close sets from North Johnston: Louisburg edged North Johnston out by two points in a pair of volleyball sets to take a 27-25, 25-18, 25-23 victory on Thursday. Shae Suttles had eight kills in the loss for North (8-3) and Barrett Davis had 10 assists and nine digs.
SSS leads suspended match: Smithfield-Selma’s boys soccer team held a 2-0 lead on Wilson Fike when Thursday’s non-conference match was halted because of lightnting and storms. Mark Yac and Jhonny Ventura had scored goals for the Spartans when the match was halted in the 24th minute of play. Nilt Perez assisted on Ventura’s goal.
No make up date for the match has been finalized.
Jackson’s hat trick keys North’s ninth win: Tyler Jackson scored three goals to help lead North Johnston to a 7-0 boys soccer victory over Goldsboro on Thursdaynight. Marcos Orozco added two goals for the Panthers, who are 9-1 overall, while Chase Davis and Adolfo Rosales scored one goal each.
Ian Walston and Pio Camacho had two assists each.
Princeton shifts start time for boys soccer: The remainder of Princeton’s boys soccer matches this season will begin at 6 p.m. instead of 6:30 as previously scheduled.
Cleveland-Rolesville rained out: The Cleveland at Rolesville boys soccer match set for Thursday was rained out. It will be made up at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Rolesville.
Princeton sweeps by Spring Creek: Princeton drilled Spring Creek in a Carolina 1A Conference volleyball match, 25-15, 25-12, 25-18, Thursday night. The Bulldogs are 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
Daisey Eklund had 10 kills and seven blocks in the win for Princeton; Taylor Carroll added six kills and two assists.
Kortney Edwards notched four aces.