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NCHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1-A CHAMPIONSHIP: NORTH STOKES DEFEATS NCSSM
RALEIGH-- North Stokes defeated Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math three sets to one to capture the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A volleyball championship on Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
Senior middle blocker Kierston Garner was the Most Valuable Player as she led North Stokes to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23 triumph. Garner had five kills, seven digs and seven blocks in an excellent all-around performance, while Miranda Clary had 12 kills for the winners.
Ada Taylor led the Unicorns of NCSSM with 12 kills.
Both teams were making their initial appearance in the NCHSAA championships. North Stokes ended the year with a 23-6 mark while NCSSM fell to 18-8.
RALEIGH-- Isabella Zaliagiris nailed 22 kills to lead Newton-Conover to a three-set sweep of Elizabeth City Northeastern in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A volleyball championship on Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
The senior outside hitter for the Lady Red Devils also had nine digs and three blocks to earn the 2-A Most Valuable Player award. Corbin Evans added 14 kills and 11 digs for Newton-Conover, which closed the season with 13 straight wins en route to a 29-5 mark and its first NCHSAA volleyball championship.
Northeastern suffered its first loss after 22 consecutive victories and finished as state runner-up for the second year in a row. Sabrina Gonzalez and Elaina Price had seven kills apiece for Northeastern.
3-A CHAMPIONSHIP: BUGG LEADS CARDINAL GIBBONS TO VICTORY
RALEIGH -- Madison Bugg of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons earned her third consecutive Most Valuable Player award in the title match as Gibbons swept North Iredell for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A volleyball championship on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum.
Bugg, who will continue her career at Stanford, had 11 kills and 13 digs to lead Gibbons to a 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of previously unbeaten North Iredell.
Gibbons won its third straight NCHSAA 2-A title and its sixth state volleyball championship in the last seven seasons in a rematch of the 2010 championship match. Lauren Willoughby had seven kills and 11 digs while Carolyn Albright added six kills and had five service aces for the winners, who ended the year with a 22-3 record.
Setter Eleanor Derouin had 19 assists for Cardinal Gibbons.
North Iredell, suffering its first loss after 29 consecutive victories, was paced by Brooke Redmond's 13 kills and 15 digs.
4-A CHAMPIONSHIP: CHARLOTTE PROVIDENCE ROLLS PAST WILMINGTON HOGGARD
RALEIGH-- Charlotte Providence won its fifth North Carolina High School Athletic Association volleyball championship in convincing fashion on Saturday as the Panthers rolled to a straight-set victory over Wilmington Hoggard in the 4-A final at Reynolds Coliseum.
Megan Edwards earned Most Valuable Player honors as she led Providence to a 25-20, 25-18, 25-12 triumph over Wilmington Hoggard. The 6-0 senior middle hitter had 12 kills, 12 digs and four aces as Providence finished the season with a 28-2 overall record.
The Panthers were in the state finals for the seventh time and were the state runners-up in 2010.
Hoggard was making its fifth appearance in the volleyball state championship but is still looking for its initial state title in the sport. Jamie Jarrell led the Vikings, 22-4, with six kills.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh
North Stokes def. Durham North Carolina School of Science and Math 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23
Newton-Conover def. Northeastern 25-14, 25-21, 25-19
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons def. North Iredell 25-19, 25-20, 25-21
Charlotte Providence def. Wilmington Hoggard 25-20, 25-18, 25-12