TUESDAY’S PREP ROUNDUP: Maiden opens league volleyball by beating Bandys 3-0

Abby Smith of Maiden High gets the ball over the net on Tuesday night, battling against Bandys’ April Delacanal (1) and Madison Greene (2) in the Blue Devils’ 3-0 home victory to open the South Fork 2A volleyball season./MICHALLE THOMPSON PHOTOS


Maiden High swept visiting Bandys in three sets on Tuesday, opening the South Fork 2A volleyball season with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 victory.

Adison Ford had 25 assists and 10 digs to spark the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-0), whose only losses this season are to Fred T. Foard and Watauga.

Abbey Smith added 11 kills and two aces, Sarah Wicker had 13 kills and one ace and Isabella Abernathy contributed seven kills and once ace for Maiden.

The Blue Devils, who finished second last season in the South Fork 2A, also got 15 assists by Abby Gantt and five digs from Natalie Lail.

Maiden has a non-league match on Wednesday at South Iredell and meets West Lincoln on the road on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a conference match.

The Blue Devils are tied for first-place with Tuesday’s other first conference match winners – East Lincoln defeated Lake Norman Charter, Newton-Conover downed Lincolnton and North Lincoln beat West Lincoln (see Tuesday’s scorelist on the site).

Bandys’ Madison Greene (2) makes a play at the net in the Trojans’ opening South Fork 2A match of the season on Tuesday night at Maiden, where the Blue Devils won 3-0.

Northwestern 3A-4A season opens

Freedom, McDowell and Watauga share the early league lead after winning on Tuesday.

Freedom beat South Caldwell 3-2 in Morganton, McDowell won 3-1 at home over Alexander Central and Watauga was at home, winning 3-1 over Watauga.

Northwestern Foothills 2A schedule starts Wednesday

The conference schedule begins Wednesday with four matches, each at 6 p.m.: Bunker Hill at Hibriten, Patton at Fred T. Foard, West Iredell at Draughn and East Burke at West Caldwell.

Foard went 12-0 last season to win the league title and was 10-2 the year before with both losses to West Iredell.

The league’s second playing date is Thursday with these matches: East Burke at West Iredell, Fred T. Foard at Bunker Hill, Draughn at Patton and West Caldwell at Hibriten.


Fred T. Foard 3, Crest 1

The Tigers, playing at home, remained unbeaten (3-0-2) with a victory over the Chargers.

Conner Josey, Korbin Proctor and Jordan Delpilar each scored for Foard and Proctor, Kevin Cervantes and Justin Whalen each had an assist for the Tigers.

Foard is on the road Wednesday at 6:30, facing East Lincoln

Hickory 8, North Gaston 0

Carter Holt had three goals and Jose Vallecillos add two as Hickory (3-2-2) won a non-conference match at home.

Luis Juare, Ernesto Poppante and Ben Boston each added a goal for the Red Tornadoes.

Holt and Juarez each finished with two assists and Vallecillos, Santiago Agreda an Poppante each had one.

In goal, Peyton Winkler and Mackenzie Tonks combined for a shutout.

Hickory’s next match is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at home against Newton-Conover.

  • The roundup includes reports by: Brian Jillings, Hickory head soccer coach and Marsha Davis, Maiden head volleyball coach.

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