Maiden shuts out Bandys, stays atop conference standings
By CHRIS HOBBS
East Lincoln High became the fourth of eight schools in the South Fork 2A on Thursday to place its varsity volleyball team under quarantine.
An e-mail from Butch Parker, the league’s administrator, said the Mustangs are sidelined effective Thursday. Quarantines are normally for 14 days.
The four league schools that have been able to play their matches as scheduled – other than those postponed against a quarantined team – are Lake Norman Charter, Lincolnton, North Lincoln and West Lincoln.
The South Fork 2A plays a 14-match home and away schedule, currently set to end on Jan. 6.
Newton-Conover isn’t expected back until approximately Dec. 21 (home versus Lake Norman Charter) or Dec. 22 (home versus North Lincoln). The Red Devils haven’t yet announced any make up dates.
East Lincoln will miss these matches (no new dates yet): Thursday, home versus Lake Norman Charter; Monday, at Maiden next Friday, at North Lincoln; Dec. 21, home versus Bandys; Dec. 22, home versus Maiden.
A fifth area school, East Burke from the Northwestern Foothills 2A, is also currently under quarantine.
Maiden 3, Bandys 0
Maiden got 27 kills from Savannah Lail, Anna White and Isabell Abernathy to beat visiting Bandys and stay in first place in the South Fork 2A.
The Blue Devils are 5-0, East Lincoln is 4-1 but now idle for two weeks and Bandys is 4-2.
Lail had 12 kills, White had eight and Abernathy had seven as Maiden won its ninth straight match and moved to 70-5 in league matches since 2014-15.
Lainee Hentschel made 16 digs for the Blue Devils with Grace Kilby adding four blocks, Adison Ford posting 26 assists and Abby Gantt making nine assists.
Also for Maiden, Reanna Odom had four kills and two aces and Maggie Andrews contributed three kills.
Maiden won a South Fork 2A title last season (13-1) and went 12-2 in conference in back-to-back seasons before that.
The Blue Devils’ next match, at home on Monday, was to be against East Lincoln and is postponed with no makeup date yet.
Thursday’s match at Newton-Conover is also postponed (no new date), and the Blue Devils play next Friday at Lake Norman Charter (6 p.m.).
Bandys has a makeup match Friday at 6 p.m. at North Lincoln, is at home Wednesday against Lake Norman Charter and goes to Lincolnton next Friday.
McDowell 3, Alexander Central 0 (Wednesday)
The Titans (5-2) won 25-21, 25-23, 15-11 at home, moving within a half-match of second place Hickory with a victory over the Cougars (4-4).
Gracie Harrington led Alexander Central with eight kills, one ace and 26 digs while Bryanna Payne added 12 assists and Emily Brown had seven assists.
Shelbi Coffey made nine digs for the Cougars, who play Monday at 6 p.m. at St. Stephens.
McDowell will be at home Monday at 6 p.m., attempting to snap league-leading Watauga’s streak of 62 straight conference wins.
McDowell won the junior varsity match 2-1 despite 11 assists by the Cougars’ Allie Patton, who added 11 digs, and 16 digs by Riley Patterson and 15 by Kenzie Church.
Information provided by: Marsha Davis, Maiden head volleyball coach; Jonathan Watts, Alexander Central SID.