Watauga tops Hickory, runs win streak in conference matches to 43
Fred T. Foard High, after opening a two-set lead, eventually won a fifth set on Wednesday night to down host West Iredell 3-2 and win the Northwestern Foothills 2A title in volleyball.
Foard finished 12-0 in the conference and two games up on West Iredell (10-2) with East Burke (8-4) finishing in third place.
Michelle Thoa sparked the Tigers, who had beaten West Iredell 3-0 in Newton on Sept. 27 to gain the league lead, with 24 kills and 24 digs. Megan Dorsey added 14 kills and 13 digs.
Foard won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-22 before the Warriors even things up with wins of 25-23 and 26-14. The Tigers won the fifth and deciding set 15-11.
Gywn Brooks had 12 digs and 28 assists for Foard while Kailtyn Zych contributed 15 digs and 26 assists and Dara Shaffer finished with 24 digs.
Foard has won 12 straight matches since a 3-0 non-league loss at Hickory on Sept. 5.
The Tigers will be the top seed for next week’s league tournament, scheduled to begin on Monday with play through Wednesday.
Watauga 3, Hickory 0
The Pioneers won 25-19, 25-17, 25-15 at home, wrapping up another unbeaten Northwestern 3A-4A regular season and leaving Hickory second in the conference race.
Rebekah Farthing (12 kills, seven digs), Brooke Byrd (11 kills, five digs) and Grace Hayes (three aces, six blocks, 23 assists) led Watauga (22-0 overall). Chloe Baldwin had 16 digs and Tegan Allen had eight blocks and Carolyn Murray added seven for the Pioneers.
Watauga finished two games up on second-place Hickory (12-2), and the conference has no league tournament. Alexander Central is in third place at 9-5 and St. Stephens is 8-5 and has one conference match left, Oct. 18 at West Caldwell.
There is a three-way tie for fifth place among Freedom (3A), McDowell (4A) and South Caldwell (4A) at 4-10 and a determination of which 4A teams gets the league’s playoff bid will be forthcoming.
Watauga 3, Hickory 0
The host Pioneers scored all of their goals in the second half, taking a win that moved them into a share of first place in the Northwestern 3A-4A.
The Pioneers are at St. Stephens on Monday at 6 p.m. and at home against McDowell on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Hickory faces West Caldwell at Hickory on Monday at 6 p.m. and meets South Caldwell in Hudson on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Hickory won 1-0 over Watauga on Sept. 20 in Hickory.
Rainy weather associated with Hurricane Michael postponed all of Wednesday’s matches in the South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A.
In the South Fork 2A, Lake Norman Charter at Maiden was moved to Tuesday at 5 p.m., Bandys at Lincolnton will be Oct. 18 and East Lincoln at Newton-Conover will be played Oct. 29.
East Lincoln leads the race at 8-1-0, followed by Newton-Conover (8-1-1) and Bandys (6-2-1).
Hibriten (8-0-0) is in first place with West Iredell in second (6-2-0) and Patton (5-2-0) in third place.
In the Northwestern 3A-4A, these matches were postponed: St. Stephens at West Caldwell will be played Oct. 18 and Alexander Central will play Freedom on Oct. 29 at the Catawba River Soccer Complex.
South Fork 2A tournament delayed
South Fork 2A officials said they’ll start the conference tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. at Maiden High and play until 1 p.m. They hope to complete the tournament on Monday at Maiden.