The Orange Panthers volleyball team has won 7 in a row after downing Oxford Webb 3-0 on Wednesday night at Jim King Gymnasium. The Panthers captured the three sets by scores of 25-18, 26-24 & 25-19.
With the win, Orange remains a game back of Cedar Ridge for first place in the Big 8 with a 5-1 conference mark. The Red Wolves are 6-0.
Against the Warriors, Andie McKinnon finished with 18 kills and 20 digs. Julia Lovingood registered 20 assists, a dig and an assist.
McKinnon leads the Big 8 with 156 kills, 52 assists and 221 digs.
It was a short turnaround for Orange, who played its second game in two days after a 3-0 victory over Northwood in Pittsboro on Tuesday. Against the Chargers, McKinnon finished with 7 aces, 9 kills, 2 blocks and 9 diggs. Kayla Durham, HillsboroughSports.com Orange Panther of the Week #3, finished with 8 aces, 5 kills, and 8 digs. M’Lynn Dease had 7 kills, while Lovingood had 2 aces and 15 assists and Caroline Compton had 14 assists and 2 digs.
Overall, the Panthers are 10-5.
The Red Wolves top Orange for the 2nd time this season. The latest victory came on a cool Monday afternoon at Cedar Ridge. CRHS coach Lennie Corbett discussed the victory, his recent trip to the U.S. Open, and his hopes of getting into the 3-A dual team tennis playoffs.
Orange Panther of the Week #4: Jordan Lloyd.
Jordan is a junior volleyball player who helped Orange notch 3 victories last week. Orange improved to 8-5 by defeating East Chapel Hill, Southern Durham and Chapel Hill. The victory over the Tigers came at Tiger Gymnasium on Thursday night in five sets. Jordan is the daughter of Joel and Sherri Lloyd of White Cross. Since she didn’t want to speak by herself, Jordan invited her friend Eva Porter to talk with her. Orange faces Northwood tonight in Pittsboro.
Cardinal Gibbons roared out to a 22-0 lead and never looked back as the Crusaders defeated Cedar Ridge 50-7 in Hillsborough on Friday night at Red Wolves Stadium.
The only positive note for Cedar Ridge came in the 2nd quarter. On a 4th-and-24, quarterback Peyton Pappas threw to Demetrius Liles for a 27-yard touchdown.
Aside from that, it was all Crusaders from beginning to end. Gibbons opened the game with a 8-play, 72 yard drive where running back Dalen Spruil carried the ball the first five plays, racking up 27 yards. After quarterback Wesley Wagner threw to Sean Nalesnik to the Red Wolves 1-yard line, fullback Brendan Schult scored on a 1-yard plunge, and the rout was on.
After a Cedar Ridge 3-and-out, the Red Wolves appeared to be cruising to another touchdown drive, only to have Spruil fumble at the 2-yard line. Montae Kee recovered for the Red Wolves. It was the only Gibbons turnover in the game. The only other drive where Gibbons didn’t score came at the very end, long after the game had been decided.
Pappas finished 13-for-30 for 117 yards and a touchdown. Cedar Ridge falls for 2-3 and travels to Chapel Hill next week in its Big 8 Conference opener. Chapel Hill retained the Hodgin Cup on Friday night for the 12th straight year by defeating East Chapel Hill 41-12.
Varisty Match Score:
Orange 3 – Chapel Hill 2
Varsity Game Scores (Orange first):
Orange High School Stat Leaders:
Andie McKinnon – 4 aces, 12 kills, 33 digs
Jordan Lloyd – 2 aces, 1 assist, 26 digs
Kayla Durham – 2 aces, 9 kills, 11 digs
Mileah Shriner – 8 kills, 1 block, 2 assists, 1 dig
The Red Wolves defeated Northwood 3-0 in Pittsboro on Thursday night to remain undefeated in the Big 8 Conference. Cedar Ridge is 10-3 on the season. Cedar Ridge captured the win by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18.
The win caps a week where the Red Wolves lost to Carrboro on Monday, but rebounded the following night with a 3-1 win over Chapel Hill.