Wilson Christian opened its volleyball season as the defending North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A champion for the first time in nine years as the Lady Chargers swept visiting Gospel Light Christian of Walkertown on Tuesday.
Wilson Christian, which won its 11th NCCSA title last October but first since 2012, was led at the net in the 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 win by senior Jocelyn Bailey with nine kills. Junior Gracie Farmer supplied six kills to go with six service aces and six digs while classmate Izzy Barnes came up with 18 assists and three digs.
The Lady Chargers also received valuable contributions from seniors Sophia Nesbitt (five kills, two blocks), Kate Hoskins (six digs) and Emma Robbins (12 digs) while junior Faith Bridgers totaled eight digs. Freshman Allie Smith served five aces.
Wilson Christian will visit Wayne Country Day in Goldsboro on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Chargers blanked in opener at Cary Academy
CARY — A Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer program that graduated nine seniors from last season’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A championship team got a quick lesson in Tuesday’s season opener at Cary Academy.
The NCISAA 4-A Chargers, now 2-1, scored four goals in the first half en route to a 9-0 mercy rule-shortened victory. Cary Academy, which got the match-ending goal in the 68th minute, outshot the visiting Chargers 25-1
Senior Turner Provo started and made nine saves in goal for WCA while David Wall came up with five stops.
Wilson Christian will return to Wake County on Friday to play at New Life Camp in Raleigh.
Fike edges Rocky Mount Academy in season opener
ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike girls tennis team passed an early test in its season opener Tuesday, picking up a narrow, 5-4 victory at Rocky Mount Academy.
The 2-A Eagles (1-1) of the North Carolina Independent Schools Association took two of the three doubles sets before the Golden Demons (1-0) of the NCHSAA 3-A Quad County Conference took four out of six singles matches in singles for the victory.
“We played doubles first as is custom for Rocky Mount Academy, but it was something new for my girls,” said Fike head coach Lee Matthews. “This was a very good comeback win for us, and a solid win to start the season.”
In doubles, Fike’s duo of juniors Caroline and Kathryn Adkins defeated Rocky Mount Academy’s Riley Bowles and Elle Bartolomeo 8-0, but Kaden Biamby-Connie Pleasants and Holland Ellis-Emory Skinner both dropped their matches.
In singles, Caroline and Kathryn Adkins both dispatched their opponents to give Fike a 3-2 lead, and Skinner and Biamby both closed out victories of their own to secure the win for Fike.
“Emory had a hard-fought win at six to set the stage,” Matthew said. “… Kaden is one of our more improved players, and it helps to see the work converted into an important win.”
Fike will head to Barco on Wednesday to take on Currituck County.
FIKE 5, ROCKY MOUNT ACADEMY 4
Caroline Adkins (F) d. Riley Bowles 6-1, 6-0; Kathryn Adkins (F) d. Anna Everette 6-3, 6-3; Kaden Biamby (F) d. Elle Bartolomeo 6-2, 7-5; Mary Robin Tharin (RMA) d. Holland Ellis 6-0, 7-5; M. K. Livermon (RMA) d. Zoe Mitchell 7-5, 6-3; Emory Skinner (F) d. Katie Kos 6-4, 6-1.
Caroline Adkins-Kathryn Adkins (F) d.Bowles-Bartolomeo 8-0; Everette-Livermon (RMA) d. Biamby-Pleasants 8-3; Tharin-Everette (RMA) d. Ellis-Skinner 8-4