Cedar Ridge’s Melissa Benkowitz & Grace Young discuss playoff win over South Brunswick

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Updated: October 24, 2021

Cedar Ridge looked every bit the #1 seed in the Eastern Region in its volleyball playoff opener on Saturday. The Red Wolves defeated #32 South Brunswick 3-0 on scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-12 on Saturday afternoon at Red Wolves Gymnasium. Cedar Ridge scored the opening five points of the first set, then started the second set on a 6-0 run. Junior libero Grace Young led the Red Wolves with 15 digs. Melissa Benkowitz had five kills, eight digs and two aces as the Red Wolves improved to 26-2 on the season. It was Cedar Ridge’s second state playoff win in nine months. Last January, Cedar Ridge defeated Union Pines in an 32-team state playoff. This year, with pandemic precautions relaxed, the Red Wolves are in a 64-team tournament. Cedar Ridge has advanced to the round of 32 and will face South Johnston on Tuesday at Red Wolves Gymnasium.

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