Playing for the 2nd consecutive night, the Orange volleyball team earned its first Big 8 Conference win of the season in Durham.

The Panthers (5-1, 1-1 in the Big 8) hammered Hillside 3-0 at Hornets Gymnasium on scores of 25-12, 25-4 and 25-13. Orange racked up a whopping 21 aces against the Hornets, including junior Meg Gattis finishing with six. Sophomore Emma Clements came away with three.

Senior co-captain Carolina Compton finished with two aces, two kills, 12 assists and three digs. Kaitlyn Werden had two aces, four kills and five assits. In addition to her six aces, Gattis added a kill and five digs. Faith Foushee led Orange with seven digs.

In Hillsborough, the news wasn’t as good for Cedar Ridge. Defending Big 8 Conference champion Chapel HIll defeated the Red Wolves 3-0 on scores of 25-12, 25-17 and 25-16. Tigers sophomore Kaya Merkler came away with an astounding 25 kills as CHHS improved to 5-3, 2-0 in the Big 8.

Cedar Ridge falls to 4-3, 0-2 in the Big 8.

Orange will host Cedar Ridge on Thursday night inside Jim King Gymnasium.

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