Hamlet downs Ellerbe
HAMLET — Quston Leviner, a seventh grader, led the Hamlet Middle School volleyball team to victory over Ellerbe on Tuesday. Leviner tallied a total of 15 aces and two kills in the two matches.
The Lady Red Rams took care of Ellerbe in two sets (25-15, 25-19) in the first match, but needed all three sets (22-25, 25-8, 15-11) in the second after falling behind. Eighth graders Kierston Gibson and Erial Norton finished with 10 and nine aces, respectively, while sixth grader Katie Way chipped in six aces and a kill.
Hamlet will play Cordova at Rohanen on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Lady Rockets win
ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Middle School volleyball team took down Anson Orange on Monday.
Head coach Teresa Mason saw her team dominate the first match (25-5, 25-7) and then hold on for the victory in the second match (25-10, 25-20), led by Allyiah Swiney’s 27 points and E.J. Davis’ 22 points.
Both Catherine Dennis and Joy Styles scored 15 points, Madison Jenkins added 11 points and Kenleigh Frye rounded out the scorers with 10 points.
The Lady Rockets will be back in action at Ellerbe on Thursday at 4 p.m.
XC finishes 2nd
ROCKINGHAM — Although they were running their third race in less than a week, both Raider cross country teams managed to finish second — behind Jack Britt — in their only home meet of the season at Hinson Lake.
Richmond placed a total of six runners (four girls, two boys) in the top 10 on Tuesday afternoon. It saw junior Zachariah Hamilton and sophomore Aieral Brown lead the charge with their second-place finishes in the boys and girls race, respectively, on Senior Day.
“My kids were tired,” head coach Reggie Miller said. “I’m giving them off tomorrow. I told them to rest and we can come back Thursday. We ran three races in six days.”
The Raiders were forced to make up their third race of the season — originally scheduled for last Tuesday — on last Thursday due to weather. They then competed in an non-conference invitational on Saturday at Pfeiffer University.
In Monday’s meet, for the boys, senior Brandon Silva came in sixth place, sophomore Joseph Nicholson finished 14th and Melvin Socana placed 16th. For the girls, senior Shelby Matheson placed fourth, senior Tyra Strong ninth and freshman Gracelyn Weatherford 10th.
Richmond has a conference meet with Hoke County, Jack Britt and Seventy-First next Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m.
Lady Raiders fall
SOUTHERN PINES — For the second time this season, the Richmond girls tennis team dropped every match it played against the conference’s most dominant opponent.
The Lady Raiders hit the road Tuesday afternoon and saw their six-game win streak come to an end, as they fell 9-0 to a Pinecrest team that has ruled the now-defunct Southeastern Conference year in and year out.
Richmond’s closest double win came at the No. 2 spot, where juniors Jayana Nicholson and Greyson Way dropped a 8-4 decision to Pinecrest’s Isabella King and Lizzy McClymont. Seniors Destiny Buie and Kathleen Pittman fell 8-3 in the No. 1 spot, while senior Taylor Parrish and junior Chloe Wiggins lost 8-2 in the No. 3 doubles.
Senior Meredith Stogner (No. 5 singles), junior Emily Parsons (No. 6 singles) and Way (No. 3 singles) were all swept 6-0, 6-0 in their respective matches. Buie (No. 1 singles), Nicholson (No. 2 singles) and Pittman (No. 4 singles) picked up two points each in their losses.
Richmond (6-4, 6-3 SAC) looks to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Jack Britt on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Hamlet sixth grader Katie Way sends one over the net in the third set of the team’s second match against Ellerrbe on Tuesday.