East, West get volleyball wins


ELIZABETHTOWN — The host Lady Eagles fought off a pesky St. Pauls squad Tuesday and took a straight-sets volleyball win by the scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-23.

Ashley Hardin and Gracyn Martin each contributed 10 service winners for East Bladen.

— In Dublin on Thursday, the Lady Knights rebounded after a second-game stumble to knock off visiting St. Pauls by the scores of 25-20, 19-25, 25-20 and 25-17.

West Bladen improved to 7-13 overall, 7-9 in the conference.

“(It) was senior night and Alzheimers awareness night,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “We played in honor of one of my senior players mom who suffers from Bensons Disease, a cousin to Alzheimers.”

Mikayla Winebarger led the Lady Knights with 13 service winners and added seven kills and three aces; Caroline Davis had 10 digs; Raegan Davis turned in nine kills, eight digs, eight service points and four solo blocks; Patience Parker had six kills and six digs; Lexie Corrothers had four kills and an ace; Elizabeth Allbright had three kills, three digs and two aces; Brinkly Collier had two kills; Madison Collins added two kills and an ace; and Alise Pait had two kills.

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— In Tabor City on Thursday, Caleb Hatchell scored four goals and Brooks McGill scored three goals with five assists to lead visiting East Bladen past South Columbus, 7-1, in a Three Rivers Conference match.

The Eagles fired home five goals in the first half for a 5-0 lead at halftime, then outscored the Stallions 2-1 in the second half to seal the game.

Irvin Hernandez had two assists and Jake Evans had 15 steals for East Bladen. The Eagles, now 16-1 overall and 10-0 in the conference, had a 16-0 advantage in corners.

— In Red Springs on Thursday, the host Red Devils got a pair of late goals to hand West Bladen a 5-3 Three Rivers Conference loss.

After a Red Springs goal, the Knights got goals from Brandon Labra and Pablo Ortega to take a 2-1 edge. After the Red Devils knotted the score moments later, Fernando Carranza scored for the Knights to take a 3-2 lead.

Red Springs managed to score just before halftime and the two teams went to intermission tied at 3-3.

After a back and forth second half, the Red Devils scored two late goals to seal the win.

West Bladen is now 6-7-1 overall, 6-4 in the conference.

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