Blue Devils still in first place in South Fork 2A;
Foard remains unbeaten in Northwestern Foothills 2A
By CHRIS HOBBS
Lake Norman Charter High handed visiting Maiden its first varsity volleyball loss of the season on Friday night, snapping the Blue Devils’ 10-match win streak.
The Knights won 26-24, 29-31, 25-19, 25-22, ending a Maiden win streak in the South Fork 2A that started last season after the Knights won 3-2, also at Lake Norman Charter, on Oct. 3, 2019.
Maiden (6-1) remains in first place in the conference and is two matches up on East Lincoln (4-1) in the win column and one match up on third-place Bandys (7-2).
Lake Norman Charter is 5-3 in the league.
Savannah Lail led Maiden on Friday night with 17 kills and 14 digs with Isabella Abernathy adding nine kills.
Abby Gantt provided 23 assists and seven aces, Adison Ford made 22 assists and Lainee Hentschel had 26 digs for Maiden.
The Blue Devils, 71-6 in conference matches since 2014-2015, play Monday at 6 p.m. at North Lincoln.
Maiden’s match at East Lincoln, scheduled on Tuesday, has been postponed until Jan. 6, and the Blue Devils have rescheduled a home match against East Lincoln for Jan. 7.
Lake Norman Charter is at home Monday (6 p.m.) against Newton-Conover and goes to Lincolnton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Maiden 3, Newton-Conover 0 (Thursday)
The Blue Devils won 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 to extend their win streak to nine South Fork 2A matches dating back to last season.
Ford led Maiden with 16 assists and five aces while Anna White had 13 kills and two blocks, Hentschel had 12 digs and Gantt added 13 assists.
Hickory 3, Alexander Central 0 (Thursday)
The Red Tornadoes held on to second place in the Northwestern 3A-4A by beating the Cougars 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 in Taylorsville.
Hickory (7-1) trails Watauga (9-0) and is two matches up on third-place McDowell.
Grace Harrington led the Cougars on Thursday with 12 kills and 17 digs and Brianna Abernathy provided seven kills, two aces and three blocks.
Bryanna Payne had 21 assists and Emily Brown had nine plus eight digs for Alexander Central.
Hickory won the junior varsity match 2-0 despite 11 digs by Alexander Central’s Riley Patterson and 10 assists by Allie Patton.
The Red Tornadoes and Cougars do not play again until Dec. 28 with Hickory at McDowell and Alexander Central at do not play again until Dec. 28 at McDowell.
Fred T. Foard 3, Bunker Hill 0 (Tuesday)
The Tigers continued their hold on first place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A with a 25-9, 25-4, 25-5 victory over the Bears in Claremont.
Megan Dorsey had five kills, eight digs and 13 aces to lead Foard. Michelle Thao added four kills and three aces, Jamianne Foster made five kills and Martina Foster contributed eight.
The Tigers also got 13 assists and three aces from Hailey Johnston, 11 assists by Sarah Lingle and nine digs by Trinity Tramel.
Foard (9-0) is two matches up on Patton (6-1) and West Iredell (7-2), and the Tigers have now won 35 consecutive league regular-season matches.
Foard is at West Caldwell on Monday at 6 p.m., at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Draughn and at home Wednesday at noon against Patton.
With five league matches to go, Foard can finish no worse than fourth place (the conference gets two automatic bids into the 3A postseason).