The Freedom volleyball team escaped a 2-1 deficit to topple South Caldwell at home Tuesday, 25-11, 25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 15-3, in both teams’ Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener.
"We came in the first set strong, and we realized what we were capable of,” Lady Patriots senior libero Sarah Phipps said after the team’s second straight win. “We played strong through each set and remained steady in our game approach. Even though it went to the fifth set, we fought hard for every point and never let our positivity and momentum come to a halt.
“I'm extremely proud of the group of girls that are on this team and how they have filled the roles they were placed in."
Freedom (2-2, 1-0 NWC) was led statistically by Phipps (27 digs, four kills), Ava Thomas (21 digs, five kills), Josie Hise (17 assists, six aces, five blocks, four digs, four kills), Shalice Lynch (21 blocks, seven kills) and Mia Harper (10 blocks). Jenna Brawley (six) and Gracie Buchanan (five) combined for 11 assists.
The JV Lady Pats fell 23-25, 22-25.
Fisher leads Lady Pats
Junior Christina Fisher shot a nine-hole round of 40 for medalist honors at Boone Golf Club on Tuesday as Freedom (140) claimed the NWC season opener. The Lady Patriots topped last year’s champion, McDowell, the nearest team competitor, by 11 strokes.
Freedom also got team scores from Albany Bock (46; tied for third individually) and Anna Czarkowski (54), while Baila Hoke carded 59 and Lauren Church 61.
Taylorsville’s Brushy Mountain Golf Club hosts the next NWC match on Sept. 10.
Draughn 3rd at Mtn. Glen
The Lady Wildcats (359) placed third in an 18-hole match versus Avery and Hendersonville on Tuesday at Mountain Glen, their second of two nonconference matches to begin the year. Draughn’s scoring came via Elle Tanner (106), Lindsey Hodge (118) and Charis Hyde (134). Tanner’s round was highlighted by a front-nine 49.
EB 5, Newton-Conover 3
The Lady Cavaliers (2-0) beat the Red Devils by the same score for a second time in five days on Tuesday in nonconference action in Newton. East Burke collected four singles wins, from No. 2 Paige Houston 1-6, 6-2, 10-8, No. 4 Zoie Smith 7-5, 6-7, 10-8, No. 5 Jaden Ramsey 6-1, 7-5 and No. 6 Daisy Jenetes 6-2, 6-0. In doubles, EB’s Daisy Jentes/Taylor Bostain won 8-1.
Shelby 4, Patton 1
The Panthers’ match streak without a win reached four on Tuesday at home despite an Andres Mateo goal off his own rebound in the 13th minute as the Lions scored all four of their goals in the opening half as well. Goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez got the second-half shutout for Patton (1-3-1) with three saves.
“Much better play in the second half against a very speedy side in Shelby,” Patton coach Keith Scott said. “Missing some key starters tonight worked against us early, but the second half was promising going forward.”
St. Stephens 6, EB 0
The Cavaliers (1-3) were blanked at home Tuesday. No more details were available.
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