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Area Sports Briefs: East volleyball wins 4th straight

From staff reports
East Rowan’s volleyball team won 25-13, 25-23 and 25-14 at home against West Rowan on Thursday.
The Mustangs (6-2, 4-2 SPC) are tied for third place with Hickory Ridge.
“We’re playing more aggressively and we’ve been playing with more confidence,” East coach Sandy Basinger said. “We’ve had several matches lately where we were way down, but then we played outstanding to came back.”
While East won the first and third sets routinely, the Mustangs had to make a spirited rally in the second set. West (2-6, 2-4) led 23-17 before the Mustangs ran off the last 10 points.
Brittany Small, Jordan McCall and Avery Wright led the comeback. Small had three kills as East went from down 23-20 to leading 24-23. McCall served an ace for a 23-all tie.
“We kind of had some controversial calls that got into our heads and we got behind,” McCall said. “But we realized we were the better team and we started playing like it.”
The Wright sisters, Avery, a senior, and Olivia, a freshman, starred in the third set for the Mustangs, and Leah Wyrick had a steady service run to close out the match.
East has won four in a row since back-to-back losses to the SPC’s two undefeated teams — Carson and Cox Mill.
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Salisbury beat Trinity 3-2 on Thursday.
Juliana Anderson led the Hornets with 22 kills, eight blocks, 13 digs and six aces. Lora Withers had five kills, 25 assists and three aces. Jane Miller and Shamora Houston had seven kills apiece. Makayla Dillon had 15 assists.
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Carson beat Concord 25-3, 25-17 and 25-9 in SPC volleyball on Thursday.
Carson is 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the SPC.

Prep soccer
South Rowan won 1-0 against Northwest Cabarrus in a lightning-delayed SPC match on Thursday.
German Delgado scored the goal. Alex Figeuroa had the assist.
Cameron Corriher had the shutout in goal.

Jayvee football
Lake Norman won 34-6 against Salisbury in jayvee football on Thursday.
Salisbury played well in the second half and put together some drives.
Bo Rusher scored the touchdown for the Hornets.
Rusher had a big night passing to Will Taylor, Joe Steinman and Cameron Gill. Gill had a spectacular, one-handed catch for the Hornets.
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South Rowan-Northwest Cabarrus and West Rowan-Robinson matchups were postponed to Monday by weather problems.

8th-grade football
China Grove beat Corriher-Lipe 36-8.
Austin Johnson scored on a 3 yard run, Max Morgan scored on runs of 26 and 46 yards, and Dakota Allen scored on runs of 5 and 53 yards. Juan Espinoza kicked 3 PAT’s.
Defensively for the Devils, Allen had an interception and Remington Steele blocked a punt. Other defensive standouts were Johnson, Espinoza, Daniel Trejo and Jordan Baker.

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart’s varsity soccer team won 4-1 against Concordia Lutheran in a conference game.
Juan Salazar, Colin Donaldson, Cole Hansen and Will Koontz scored goals for the Dolphins.
Luke Graeber and Jalon Walker led the defense.
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