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Prep Roundup: A look at Thursday’s high school sports action


East Chapel Hill clinches PAC-6 title with shutout

CHAPEL HILL — East Chapel Hill captured the PAC-6 4-A regular-season title Thursday night with its second win of the season over No. 2 Jordan, sweeping six singles and three doubles match for a 9-0 shutout.

ECH improved to 17-5, 10-0 in the PAC-6, while Jordan dropped to 9-8, 8-2.

Rainie Heck, Brooke Pritchard, Caroline Pope and Meghana Holegadde each won two matches for the Wildcats.

Veteran East Chapel Hill coach Lindsey Linker said the Wildcats have never finished lower than first in the PAC-6 since moving up from the 3-A ranks in 2006. She coached all but one of those girls’ championship team — she was forced to sit out last fall after retiring from her teaching post, but returned in the spring to coach the boys’ team as well as the girls’ team this fall.

“I felt like the girls showed a lot of improvement this year,” Linker said. “Everyone’s finally healthy — that only happened in the last two weeks or so. We’ve really been able to get our doubles pairings right for the first time.”

Linker’s replacement — and a championship coach herself last year — was Ann Booterbaugh, who’s coaching the ECH junior varsity this season.

Linker’s Wildcats shut out Jordan both times the teams played this year, which impressed the coach.

“Jordan’s a good, solid team,” she said.

Carolina Friends School 8, Burlington Christian 1

DURHAM — Noor Singh and Ellie McDonald won their singles matches and combined for a doubles win as well as the Carolina Friends School downed Burlington Christian Academy.

Greensboro Day School 8, Durham Academy 1

DURHAM — The Durham Academy No. 3 doubles team of Lindsey Molina and Leander Perun picked up the Cavaliers’ only victory in a loss to undefeated (17-0) Greensboro Day School.

DA dropped to 11-3 with the loss.


Chapel Hill 3, Orange 0

HILLSBOROUGH — Chapel Hill remained tied with Cedar Ridge for second place in the Big Eight 3-A Conference after an easy 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 win at Orange Thursday night.

Chapel Hill improved to 15-7, 9-2 Big Eight. Cedar Ridge, which beat Northwood 3-0 Thursday, is 18-5, 9-2 Big Eight. Conference leader Cardinal Gibbons was undefeated overall and in the conference prior to Thursday.

Annie Linker led Chapel Hill with 25 assist, Perry Ramsey had 14 kills and a block, Catherine Romaine 10 kills, an ace and three blocks and shared the digs lead with Madison Gunning at 11. Katharine Esterley had seven kills and four blocks.

Ashley Muench led Cedar Ridge with 10 kills and 14 digs and Tara Weller had nine assists for the Panthers.

Cedar Ridge 3, Northwood 0

PITTSBORO — Cedar Ridge eased past Northwood 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 to maintain its share of second place in the Big Eight 3-A Conference Thursday night.

The Fighting Red Wolves and Chapel Hill are both 9-2 in league play and trail undefeated Cardinal Gibbons.

Bailey Freeman (7 kills, 5 blocks) scored 12 points to lead Cedar Ridge, while Cass Michal had 25 assists and Mary Anderson had 13 digs.

Roxboro Person 3, Jordan 0

DURHAM — Roxboro Person remained in the chase with East Chapel Hill for second place in the PAC-6 4-A with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 road win at 2012 champion Jordan.

Person (11-4, 5-2 PAC-6) and East were both at two conference losses before Thursday’s games. Jordan dropped to fourth place at 7-15, 3-4. Northern and Hillside are both winless in league play.

Margaret Gunn led Jordan with 15 kills and an ace, Rose Gunn had 32 assists and Kristen Clay 21 digs.

South Granville 3, N.C. Science Math 0

CREEDMOOR — South Granville kept a stranglehold on the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference standings, improving to 16-5, 12-0 NC 2-A Thursday with a 25-3, 25-15, 25-10 over conference rival N.C. Science Math.

Casey Ellington had 13 kills and four blocks, Cayce Bell 10 kills and 12 digs, Annie Preddy 21 assists and three aces to lead the Vikings, who hold a four-game lead over 7-3 Bunn in the NC 2-A standings.

South Granville was the state 2-A runner-up a year ago, but had to rebuild after the graduation loss of current N.C. State player Mary Catherine Preddy.

Riverside 3, Hillside 0

DURHAM — Riverside came within a whisper of a remarkable 25-0 shutout victory set when Rachel Kallianos misfired her serve at match point to give Hillside the point, but the Pirates still claimed an easy 25-1, 25-11, 25-17 PAC-6 4-A win over winless Hillside.

The Pirates are 17-1 overall and 7-0 and alone atop the PAC-6 standings. Kallianos shared the team lead in kills (13) and digs (10) with Zariya Thomas and Casey Speer had 19 assists and six aces.


Jordan 1, Sanderson 1

RALEIGH — Huntley Munn snapped a scoreless tie with a goal at the 16:22 mark of the second half but homestanding Sanderson tied the game with a goal with eight minutes left and the tie held up.

Jordan dropped to 8-2-3 in the non-conference meeting, while Sanderson fell to 12-4-1.


Note to coaches — Email game reports to sports@heraldsun.com by 10:30 p.m. night of game.



Chapel Hill 3, Orange 0

25-19, 25-12, 25-15

Chapel Hill leaders — Annie Linker 25 assists, 1 block, 8 digs; Perry Ramsey 14 kills, 1 block, 11 digs; Catherine Romaine 1 ace, 10 kills, 3 blocks, 11 digs; Madison Gunning 2 aces, 11 digs; Katharine Esterley 7 kills, 4 blocks, 2 assists.

Orange leaders — Ashley Muench 10 kills, 14 digs; Tara Weller 9 assists.

Records — Chapel Hill 15-7, 9-2 Big Eight 3-A; Orange 9-7, 6-5 Big Eight.


Cedar Ridge 3, Northwood 0

25-18, 25-11, 25-16

Cedar Ridge leaders — Bailey Freeman 7 kills, 5 blocks; Kacia Vines 8 kills; Cass Michal 25 assists; Mary Anderson 13 digs.

Records — Cedar Ridge 18-5, 9-2 Big Eight 3-A; Northwood 4-9, 2-8 Big Eight.


Roxboro Person 3, Jordan 0

25-19, 25-21, 25-19

Jordan leaders — Rose Gunn 3 kills, 32 assists, 7 digs, 1 ace; Margaret Gunn 15 kills, 8 digs, 1 ace; Kaitlyn Reed 7 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs; Laura Owen 7 kills; Kristen Clay 21 digs, 1 ace.

Records — Person 11-4, 5-2 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 7-15, 3-4 PAC-6.


South Granville 3, N.C. Science Math 0

25-3, 25-15, 25-10

South Granville leaders — Casey Ellington 13 kills, 4 blocks; Cayce Bell 10 kills, 12 digs; Annie Preddy 21 assists, 3 aces; Karlee Michalina 10 digs; Amanda Brown 8 digs; Jordan Pitzer 6 kills; Megan Fuhr 8 assists.

Records — N.C. Science Math 6-15, 6-6 Northern Carolina 2-A; South Granville 16-5, 12-0 Northern Carolina.


Riverside 3, Hillside 0

25-1, 25-11, 25-17

Riverside leaders — Rachel Kallianos 13 kills, 10 digs; Moné Jones 9 kills, 2 digs; Zariya Thomas 13 kills, 10 digs; Natalie Liller 4 kills, assist; Casey Speer 19 assists, 7 digs, 6 aces; Deirdre Logan 6 assists, ace; Victoria Pearce 6 digs, 4 aces.

Records — Riverside 18-1, 7-0 PAC-6 4-A; Hillside 0-7 PAC-6.



East Chapel Hill 9, Jordan 0

SINGLES — Caroline Pope (ECH) d. Hope Allen 6-0, 6-0; Brooke Pritchard (ECH) d. Jenny Shaw 6-3, 6-4; Rainie Heck (ECH) d. Adrianna Graves 6-1, 6-1; Meghana Holegadde (ECH) d. Sarah Mitchell 6-0, 6-0; Iskra Joksimovic (ECH) d. Genevieve Whitcomb 6-1, 6-3; Jocelyn Reckford (ECH) d. Marianne Moorman 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES — Heck-Pritchard (ECH) d. Allen-Shaw 8-1; Pope-Mackenzie Bright (ECH) d. Graves-Mitchell 8-1; Holegadde-Kiri Schulz (ECH) d. Whitcomb-Taylor Phillips 8-2.

Records — Jordan 9-8, 8-2 PAC-6 4-A; East Chapel Hill 17-5, 10-0 PAC-6.


Carolina Friends School 8, Burlington Christian Academy 1

SINGLES — Noor Singh (CFS) d. Maddie Balmer 8-0; Ellie McDonald (CFS) d. Annnabel Bunton 8-0; Erin Hazlett-Norman (CFS) d. Carly Judd 8-0; Ainsley St. Clair (CFS) d. Elizabeth Livers 8-1; Aliza Bridge (CFS) d. Debbie Park 8-1; Elise Ashkin-Baker (CFS) d. Mina Xu 8-2.

DOUBLES — Singh/McDonald (CFS) d. Balmer/Bunton 8-0; Judd/Livers (BCA) d. Elise Askin-Baker/Abby Westlund 8-4; Zahra Goodwin/Emily Porterfield-Winsted (CFS) d. Park/Xu 8-4.


Greensboro Day School 8, Durham Academy 1

SINGLES — Ana Bolson (GD) d. Olivia Li 6-1, 6-0; Anglica Warren (GD) d. Marie Li 6-2, 6-3; Mariah Warren (GD) d. Peyton Dilweg 6-3, 6-2; Caroline Sherwood (GD) d. Julia Tillman 7-6 (4), 3-6 (10-5); Clarke Phillips (GD) d. Angelika Zelko 6-2, 6-1; Delaney Dalldorf (GD) d. Ellis Toms 4-6, 6-3 (15-13).

DOUBLES — Bolson/Sherwood (GD) d. M.Li/Dilweg 9-8 (4); Warren/Warren (GD) d. O.Li/Tillman 8-2; Lindsey Molina/Leander Perun (DA) d. Phillips/Dalldorf 8-5.

Records — Greensboro Day School 17-0; Durham Academy 11-3.



Jordan 1, Sanderson 1

Jordan     0     1 — 1

Sanderson     0     1 — 1

Goals — Jordan, Huntley Munn.

Records — Jordan 8-2-3; Sanderson 12-4-1.



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