Saturday, November 1, 2008

North Iredell wins N.C. 3A volleyball title

RALEIGH --­ North Iredell, led by the all-around play of senior outside hitter Molly Rhyne, rolled past Greenville D.H. Conley in three straight to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A volleyball championship at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on Saturday.

North ran its record to 26-0 with victories by 25-18, 25-22 and 25-17.

The Raiders did not lose a single set during the season.

Rhyne had eight kills, 10 digs and two blocks to pace North Iredell to its first NCHSAA volleyball championship in its initial appearance in the state finals. Sophomore outside hitter Hayley Rhyne added eight kills for the winners while Taylor Hardee contributed 25 digs.

Defending state champ Conley finished the season with a record of 25-3 and was in its eighth championship appearance with two previous state titles. Kaitlyn Anderson had 11 kills and Brandi Tanner nine for Conley.