Saturday, October 29, 2011
CARY—Charlotte Latin volleyball coach Suzie Pignetti led her team to the Super Six tournament [in Greensboro] at this season’s outset with the last seven N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A state championships in tow. Saturday at Cary Academy, the Hawks netted Pignetti a great eight.
Latin swept Huntersville SouthLake Christian 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 and notched its 40th win against just two setbacks this fall. The outcome marked the Hawks’ second three-set decision in a state final – the previous coming in 2006 over Concord Cannon.
“Another one, just as sweet as the other ones,” Pignetti said.
“We came out really focused, determined, and we played hard. We never really had any sinking spell.
“Today on the most important day, we fought all the way through to the finish. And I was really proud of them.”
An efficient Latin performance included 23 kills by Eve Davis, who scored on 50 percent of her swings. Teammate Amma Okwara put down seven kills in 13 attempts.
Defensively, four Hawks tallied double-figure digging totals, led by Ashley Finke (26 digs), Davis (16), Kelly Williams (13) and Emma Price (12).
SouthLake, the 2010 2A state champion, dropped its first decision in 28 starts.
The outcome resolved, Pignetti left one detail a mystery before boarding the team bus to return to Providence Road. While 10 of 14 Latin players will return in 2012, will Pignetti be with them?
“I haven’t decided,” she said. “I need some time.”
-- Correspondent Alex Bass
Posted by Observer Sports at 6:30 PM