When you’re a number one seed starting play in the opening round of a state tournament, you have to prove your dominance.
That’s exactly what Cedar Ridge did on Saturday.
The top-seeded Red Wolves defeated Swansboro 25-7, 25-9 and 25-13 to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Cedar Ridge will face Eastern Alamance next. The Red Wolves defeated the Eagles in four sets earlier this month.
Asha Barnes, who was named Homecoming Queen on Friday night in Cedar Ridge’s football victory over Oxford Webb, finished with 14 kills. Alexis Dumain registered 16 assists and 5 aces.
In the first set, the Red Wolves Meg Anderson served as the Red Wolves ran off 13 consecutive points to take a 16-1 lead.
The Pirates, who drove four hours on Saturday morning to arrive in Hillsborough, drew closer in the second set. At one point, they trailed 7-4. The service by Dumain and Courtney Eckmann proved too much as the Red Wolves finished the set by winning 18 of the last 21 points.
Cedar Ridge is now 21-3 on the season.
In other volleyball action from Saturday, Orange defeated Eden Morehead in four sets. The Panthers advanced on scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17.
Orange will travel to Greensboro to face Northern Guilford on Tuesday night.
Hillsboroughsports.com will continue radio coverage of Cedar Ridge games with the Eastern Alamance contest.