Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday's top prep performers

By Cliff Mehrtens

North Mecklenburg High’s volleyball team (17-1) rebounded from its only loss with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 victory at Mallard Creek on Tuesday.
The Vikings, whose 16-match winning streak ended in a five-game loss to Mount Tabor on Saturday, were led by Cameron Van Noy (12 kills, six blocks), Sarah Wiese (nine kills), Ali Cooke (nine kills, 11 digs) and Blair Atkinson (27 assists).

Charlotte Latin improved to 20-4 with a 25-13, 25-12, 29-27 victory against Charlotte Christian (20-4) in a Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association match, and are 4-0 in conference. Latin’s Eve Davis, a freshman, had 11 kills, 14 digs and two aces. Callie Jones (11 kills, nine digs), Blair Carson (seven kills, seven digs) and Delaney Dalton (27 assists, four kills) played well for Latin.

Charlotte Catholic (16-5) won its second match in as many days, a 25-11, 25-7, 25-12 sweep against Waddell in a MEGA 7 3A/4A match. On Monday, Catholic outlasted Charlotte Country Day 25-13, 22-25, 25-8, 25-19. Kelsey Newman had 20 kills, 20 digs and three blocks for Catholic.


Charlotte Catholic maintained its MEGA 7 3A/4A lead with a 9-0 victory against Harding, which snapped the Rams’ 10-match winning streak. Catholic’s singles players - Julia Paulson, Ashley Verhein, Meagan Laframboise, Lucia Leahy, Mary Katherine Ferebee and Kelly Tomlin – didn’t lost more than one game in any set. The Cougars (15-3) lead the conference at 5-0.


Charlotte Latin (17-1), the state’s top-ranked private school team, beat Charlotte Christian 3-1 on goals by Michael Grace, Jonathan Grad and Will McGinnis.

Kyle Searles scored three goals and Ryan McIntyre added two in Butler’s 9-1 romp against Independence in a Southwestern 4A match.

Lucas De Oliviera’s two goals helped South Mecklenburg shut out East Mecklenburg in a Southwestern 4A match. Colton Baker was in net for the Sabres (9-5-2).

Ardrey Kell, No. 7 in the state 4A poll, beat Providence 4-0 behind three goals by Giuseppie Gentile. The Knights (10-2-1) are 5-1 in Southwestern 4A.

Kevin Scott scored two goals, increasing his season total to 28, in Hickory Grove’s 4-0 shutout against Metrolina Christian. Sina Safaie and Miles Duncan added a goal apiece for Hickory Grove (13-4), and Chris Pillsbury was in net for the shutout.

Second-half goals by Ulises Luna and Alyosha Goncherov helped United Faith beat Victory Christian 2-0. Micah Varner earned the shuout, and extended his scoreless streak to 185 minutes.


Olympic’s Kenyetta Iyevbele continued her dominant season by winning the girls’ race by nearly two minutes in a four-team meet at Olympic. She covered the 5K course in 18 minutes, 35 seconds. Butler won the girls’ team title behind second-place Mellisa Borden (20:19).
Gastonia Forestview coasted to the boys’ title behind winner Jacob Englert (17:13), who edged Gastonia Ashbrook’s Michael Rogers by one second. The Jaguars had the next three finishers - James East, Keenan Bell and Justin Hendrick.


North Mecklenburg’s Katie Kirk shot a 37 over nine holes – 10 shots better than anyone else – to win individual honors at an I-Meck 4A tournament at Skybrook. The Vikings won the team title by 11 strokes.