East Lincoln High moved a win away from clinching the South Fork 2A volleyball title on Tuesday, beating visiting Bandys 3-0 to maintain a two-game lead over Maiden.
If East Lincoln wins, it will capture its second straight conference championship.
If Maiden wins, next week’s final two matches will determine the championship – Maiden plays Newton-Conover at Maiden on Tuesday and goes to Lincolnton next Thursday while East Lincoln finishes with West Lincoln (at home) on Tuesday and at Newton-Conover next Thursday.
Bandys, 9-9 overall, is 7-4 and in third place in the South Fork 2A, a game up on fourth-place North Lincoln.
Maiden 3, North Lincoln 2
The Blue Devils won 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 25-18, 17-15 on the road to keep their South Fork title hopes alive.
Faith Herman provided 56 assists and 20 digs for the Blue Devils, who are 9-2 and in second place in the conference, while Lauren Xayavong had 41 digs and Peyton McRee added 22.
Maiden faces league-league East Lincoln at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. and needs a win to stay in the conference race.
North Lincoln, 6-5 in the league and in fourth place, goes to Newton-Conover on Thursday at 6 p.m. for a conference match.
Lake Norman Charter 3, Newton-Conover 0
Liberty Harris’ nine kills, five digs, one block and an ace helped the Knights win a South Fork 2A match at home, improving to 5-6 in the conference.
Abby Hunt contributed two aces, 11 assists and nine digs for the Knights, who got an ace, 17 assists and eight digs from Lauren Leeper and 35 digs and three assists from Hope Curtis.
Lake Norman Charter plays a conference match Thursday at 6 p.m. against Lincolnton, and Newton-Conover, 2-9 in the conference, will be at home on Thursday at 6 p.m. against North Lincoln.
Maiden wins, maintains South Fork 2A lead
Maiden shot a 284, edging Lake Norman Charter (292), East Lincoln (352) and West Lincoln (357).
With two league matches to go, Maiden has a two-stroke lead over Lake Norman Charter.
Georgia Chapman had the best round Tuesday for Lake Norman Charter (92).
McDowell wins at Silver Creek
The Titans shot a 130, finishing six strokes ahead of Freedom.
Team scores: 1. McDowell 130; 2. Freedom 136; 3. Alexander Central 149; 4. Hickory 156; 5. S. Caldwell 164; 6. Watauga 180.
Medalist: Tyler Price (M) 38.
Individual scores, winning team: McDowell 130 (Tyler Price 38, McKenzie Hartman 44, Ansley Lance 48).
Top 10 individuals: 1 Tyler Price (M) 38; 2. Albany Bock (F) 39; 3. Anna McDonald (H) 41, Christina Fisher (F) 41; 5. McKenzie Hartman (M) 44; 6. Jasmine Kerley (AC) 47; 7. Ansley Lance (M) 48; 8. Heather Cronan (AC) 49; 9. Hannah Bumgarner (SC) 51; 10. Jasmine Dessert (AC) 53.