Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday's top prep performers

By Cliff Mehrtens

Charlotte Catholic’s volleyball team remained perfect in MEGA 7 4A/3A with a 25-14, 25-7, 25-19 sweep against West Mecklenburg on Tuesday.
Alli Strittmater had 12 kills, 12 digs, 10 aces, two blocks and 29 service points for Catholic (13-5), which is 8-0 in conference. West Mecklenburg is 6-7, 4-3.

Unbeaten North Mecklenburg (15-0) rolled to a 25-4, 25-7, 25-9 victory against West Charlotte in an I-Meck 4A match. The Vikings, 9-0 in conference, were led by Amanda Chelko (12 assists), Blair Atkinson (four aces), Kristen Wearsch (five kills), and Bailey Williams and Ali Cooke (five digs apiece).

Fort Mill Nation Ford (16-2) swept Clover 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 in a Region 3 4A match. The Falcons were led by Sara Bebeau (11 kills, nine digs), Caylee Antilley (10 kills, six aces), Ashley Grayson (seven kills) and Ally Lambert (five kills).

Charlotte Latin (17-1) beat Charlotte Country Day 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 to improve to 2-0 in the Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association.


Myers Park extended its winning streak to 28 with a 9-0 victory against Providence. The Mustangs (10-0) are 4-0 in Southwestern 4A, and didn’t lose a set as Grace Baker, Jessica Perez, Anna Rickenbaker, Emily Carpenter, Kelsey Sherck and Samantha Forlenza won singles matches.

Lake Norman (10-3) improved to 4-0 in I-Meck 4A with a 9-0 sweep against Vance. Shruthi Rajan, Lake Norman’s career leader in victories, won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Britta Huibers in a doubles victory.

Charlotte Catholic (14-2) maintained its’ MEGA 7 4A/3A lead with a 9-0 victory against Waddell. Julia Paulson, Ashley Verhein, Ellie Bolton, Blair Cunnane, Bailey Hughes and Paige Ernst won singles matches 6-0, 6-0, helping the Cougars improve to 4-0 in conference.


Charlotte Latin, the state’s top-ranked private school team, beat Charlotte Country Day 4-1 on goals by
Alex Wilson, Will Evans, Jonathan Grad and Will McGinnis. The Hawks (14-1) lead the CISAA at 3-0. States Lee had a goal for Country Day (4-6-1, 0-2-1).

Maverick Starkey scored three goals and goalkeeper Nathan Birmingham had a shutout as Northside Christian beat Concord First Assembly 3-0. The Knights (10-4-3) are 5-3 in the Metrolina Athletic Conference.

Gibril Freeman had three goals and Alex Stackhouse two in West Mecklenburg’s 11-0 victory against Harding. Tyler Morentz had his second shutout of the season for the Hawks (2-6).

Olympic won its fifth straight game with a 4-1 victory against Waddell. The Trojans (9-2-2) are 3-1 in MEGA 7 4A/3A. Tyler McMahan had two goals.


Katie Lonergan (Providence Day) won the girls race by 56 seconds, and Tim Gruber (Concord Cannon) won the boys’ race by 65 seconds in a CISAA meet in Concord. Providence Day won the boys’ and girls’ team titles.