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SOUTHERN NASH ROUNDUP
ROCKY MOUNT — For the second straight match to open 3-A Big East Conference play, the Southern Nash High girls tennis team was handed a 9-0 defeat, this time at the hands of Northern Nash on Sept. 4.
The Ladybirds (5-2, 0-2 Big East), despite not winning a set in singles or doubles, were competitive at three of six singles flights. Senior Brisa Sevilla at No. 2, senior Eliza Hernandez at No. 4 and junior Trish Glover at No. 6 singles each extended one set. Glover pushed Northern Nash’s Kaileigh Lee to a 6-4, 6-4 decision at the No. 6 spot.
Northern Nash remained unbeaten through six matches, two within Big East play.
BUNN — The Southern Nash High volleyball team was ambushed 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 by 2-A Bunn in a nonconference rematch Sept. 4.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference, who won at home in four sets against Bunn, fell to 5-2.
Sisters Alissa and Taylor Bailey each registered eight serves, an ace and three kills. Lyndsey Turner produced 11 serves, two aces, five kills and two blocks.
Carrigan Ewers delivered seven serves, an ace and four kills. Anna Strickland stepped up with nine serves and two aces.
Firebirds shut out Beddingfield
WILSON — The visiting Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team remained undefeated with a hard-earned 2-0 victory against Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Sept. 3.
The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference improved to 5-0-1.
Adrian Flores keyed the Southern Nash attack with a goal and an assist. Jared Gonzalez netted the other goal on Flores’ assist.
In goal, Southern Nash’s Eliel Benitez registered 10 saves. Helping him preserve the shutout were Tony Gomez, Rubinson Ochoa, Ramiro Rangel, Eddie Guerra and Argel Anguiano.
Beddingfield’s record dipped to 1-2.
Ladybirds rally in 5 sets
The Southern Nash varsity volleyball team rallied after falling behind 2-1 to beat Rocky Mount Nash Central in five sets Sept. 3.
To capture their sixth victory of the season, the Ladybirds won 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-11, 16-13 in Bailey in a rebound victory following a 3-2 decision dropped to Beddingfield the week before last for their first loss of the year.
In the victory, Magan Bland, Olivia Cruz and Alissa Bailey served most, with 13 serves each. Bland had six aces, while Cruz had four of her own.
Lyndsey Turner led the team with nine kills, followed by Bland with five and Carrigan Ewers with four. Ewers also added three key blocks.
Southern Nash falls to Fike
In a clash of unbeatens, the visiting Fike High girls tennis team thumped Southern Nash, 9-0, in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams Sept. 3.
The Lady Golden Demons vaulted to 6-0, while Southern Nash dipped to 5-1.
Coach Lee Matthews’ Fike team dropped just six games in singles and two in doubles.
“This was a strong performance from the girls in singles and doubles,” Matthews reported. “Southern Nash is rebuilding this year, having lost all of last year’s starters to graduation. The Southern girls were bothered by the pace of our shots, and we were able to keep them from getting comfortable on the courts.”
Sisters Chandler Hill, a freshman at No. 4, and Cappa Hill, a junior at No. 5, remained undefeated (6-0). Senior Logan Adkins, at No. 1, stands 5-1, while senior Avery Rose Brown, at No. 2, is 4-1.
Beddingfield spills Ladybirds from unbeaten ranks
The first 2019 victory for the Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team was a stunner Aug. 29.
The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference dealt visiting Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference its first loss in five sets — 19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 15-3.
Beddingfield upped its record to 1-3, while the Ladybirds dropped to 5-1.
Brittany Dudley served for 10 straight points when the Lady Bruins dominated the fifth set. Emilie Moss’ six service points in the second set sparked Beddingfield’s ability to rebound from its first-set loss.
“It was a great win for the Lady Bruins against a very fundamental and disciplined team that we lost to in four sets last week,” expressed Beddingfield head coach Kelly Vinson. “It was such a great effort by all seven Lady Bruins that led to the victory.”
“It was finally the fourth and fifth sets that we were able to keep our momentum to push us through. I am extremely proud of their hard work, energy and determination to push through and finish tonight against such a good opponent.”
Beddingfield’s Makayla Everette, a 6-foot-2 senior, prowled at the net with 12 kills and six blocks.
Triggering Southern Nash was Ashton Moore with eight kills, 11 consistent serves, an ace and three digs. Olivia Cruz added four kills and four key digs that kept Ladybirds hopes flickering.
“The Ladybirds definitely had an off night and everything seemed to go the Bruins’ way,” said Southern Nash head coach Melanie Hicks. “Even though the Ladybirds came up short, they still fought five tough games.”
Firebirds boot Nash Central, 4-1
ROCKY MOUNT — Behind goals from Adrian Flores, Lelyn Hernon and Jared Gonzalez, the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team remained undefeated with a 4-1 victory at Nash Central on Aug. 29.
The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (3-0-1) of head coach Carlos Barron scored three goals in the second half to break away from a 1-1 showing at halftime.
Raul Nunez had the other goal and dished out one assist.
In goal, Eliel Benitez tallied seven saves versus the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bulldogs.