The host Patton volleyball team won its fourth consecutive match for a second time this season, avenging a five-set loss last month with a 25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22 triumph over West Iredell on Monday.

The win both moves the Lady Panthers (14-5, 7-4 Northwestern Foothills 2A Conf.) within a game of tying the program record for a season as well as within a game of the second-place Warriors in the league standings. Patton ends the regular season with the three bottom teams in the conference, while West still faces unbeaten Foard.

Patton’s Ella Gragg had 31 kills, eight digs, five blocks and two aces, Kenady Roper added 28 digs, six assists and four aces and Izora Gragg finished with 39 assists and 11 digs in a double-double. Ashlyn Castle added 17 kills.

The Patton JVs fell, 21-25, 17-25, despite team-highs of eight assists and four kills from Kinley Attaway, seven digs from Katelyn Thao and three aces apiece by Sydney Morgan, Meredith Kearson and Cydney Brackett.


EB 3, Bunker Hill 0

The Lady Cavaliers (13-4, 7-4 NWFAC) won in Claremont on Monday, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14, as they also pulled within a game of second place.

East Burke was led statistically by Erica Clontz (13 kills), Graleigh Hildebran (15 assists, nine kills, seven digs), Riley Haas (nine kills) and Sara Suddreth (six assists, four digs).

The JV Lady Cavs fell 23-25, 25-19, 10-15. EB was led by Reese Abernathy’s nine digs and Chloe Cook’s five kills.


Draughn 3, Hibriten 0

The Lady Wildcats (13-7, 6-5 NWFAC) swept the varsity action Monday in Lenoir, preceded by a Draughn straight-set JV triumph as well. No more details were available.


McDowell 3, Freedom 0

The Lady Patriots (3-12, 2-7 Northwestern 3A/4A Conf.) lost to the rival Titans in Marion on Monday, 14-25, 19-25, 22-25. Freedom was paced by Josie Hise (nine assists, three digs), Shalice Lynch (seven blocks, three kills), Sarah Phipps (five digs, ace), Ava Thomas (four digs, two kills) and Mia Harper (three kills, two blocks, ace).

Freedom won the JV match in straight sets.



EB 3, Bunker Hill 0

The host Cavaliers (5-8-1, 3-4 NWFAC) concluded the first half of league play on Monday with a second straight win. EB got a goal apiece by Micah Chrisco, Anthony Thao and Josh Aguirre, all assisted by Antony Salgado. Goalkeeper Garrett Pitts had five saves in the shutout.

In a 3-2 EB JV victory, Landon Thorne, Jimenez Andres and Andrew Martufi each scored once and Ian Cox and Jacob Fair added an assist each.


Freedom 7, McDowell 1

The visiting Patriots (7-7-1, 1-5 NWC) claimed their first league win Monday, powered by Patrick Sandy’s four goals. Freedom’s Teague Miller tacked on two goals, Grayson Ward added a goal plus two assists, Beckham Ixchajachal had two assists and Fernando Soto had one assist.

Cole Johnson (two saves) and Chase Whitaker split time in goal for FHS.


W. Iredell 5, Patton 0

The Panthers (4-10-1, 2-5 NWFAC) were blanked Monday in Statesville. No more details were available.


Hibriten 12, Draughn 0

The Wildcats (0-9, 0-7 NWFAC) fell Monday at home in a game shortened to one half due to the mercy rule. No more details were available.



Freedom duo earns regional bid

Back-to-back county doubles champions Savannah Vandergriff and Blaikley Crooks received an opening-round bye in the NWC 3A tournament Monday at Hickory, then won their quarterfinal match 6-4, 6-1 over a Watauga squad to earn a berth into the NCHSAA 3A West Regionals on Oct. 18-19 at St. Stephens.

Two wins from a league crown, Vandergriff/Crooks were set to continue in the event Tuesday at HHS.

Freedom’s only other win Monday came from doubles pair Alyssa Burnett/Sara Byrd Succop (7-5, 6-3 over St. Stephens). The duo fell in round two.


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