High school volleyball playoffs: Road wins for South, Carson
Published 11:48 pm Sunday, October 24, 2021
From staff reports
HUNTERSVILLE — South Rowan’s volleyball team swept Lake Norman Charter 25-19, 29-27 and 25-17 on Saturday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
The South Piedmont Conference rivals were meeting for the fourth time.
Seeded 15th in the 3A West bracket, Lake Norman Charter (17-4) won both regular-season meetings, but 18th-seeded South (17-7) won in last week’s SPC tourney semifinals and won the biggest one on Saturday.
“It wasn’t the best draw for either team, but it worked out for us,” South coach Jenna Horne said. “We played really well, and Cameron Black shined.”
Black had 17 kills and 12 digs. Payton Black had 27 digs. Leah Rymer had 20 assists and seven kills. Emma Owens had 13 assists. Kali Nelson had 14 digs and six kills. Avery Welch had six kills.
Meredith Faw, one of South’s top hitters, missed the match with illness, but jayvee Laney Beaver stepped into a blocking role on the right side, with Nelson moving from right to left.
South heads to second-seeded West Henderson (20-4) on Tuesday.
“We know they’re good,” Horne said. “But we’ll just go fight like we always do.”
MONROE — Seeded 25th, Carson won at eighth-seeded Parkwood on Saturday.
The Cougars (13-14) swept the Wolf Pack 25-22, 25-14 and 25-16.
It wasn’t a complete shock. Parkwood (12-11) was the best 3A team in a split 2A/3A league but wasn’t a standard “1” seed, and Carson coach Kelan Rogers knew his team had a shot.
“We were a little nervous in the first set and almost let them come back,” Rogers said. “But after that, we settled down.”
Rogers said Carson’s kills to errors ratio was plus-19, one of the Cougars’ best efforts of the year.
Grace Goldstein had zero errors for the match and Gianna Patella had a team-high 14 kills. Allie Burns had an exceptional passing game.
‘We weren’t perfect, and we’re not ever going to be, but we were pretty good,” Rogers said.
Carson plays another split-conference team on Tuesday when it travels to West Jefferson to play ninth-seeded Ashe County (7-6).
It’s a long way to Ashe County (West Jefferson) , but Carson still was glad to see Ashe County beat Franklin. It’s 107 miles from China Grove to West Jefferson, but it’s 192 miles to Franklin,
In the 4A playoffs, Davie swept South Meck in the first round and will host South Iredell in the 8 vs. 9 matchup on Tuesday.