St. David’s denies Cary Christian volleyball a chance to clinch title

CorrespondentOctober 8, 2013 

Cary Christian’s Adria Johnson tries to save the ball during St. David’s game with the Knights on Friday. St. David’s won in three matches.

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— In front of a pink-attired crowd raising money for breast cancer research through game proceeds and wares, St. David’s volleyball team swept Eastern Plains Independent Conference rival Cary Christian on Friday, 3-0.

The Warriors spoiled a golden opportunity for Cary Christian to clinch the league title.

St. David’s, winners of the last two N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A championships, have been the only team standing in the way of the Cary Christian Knights in years past as well.

Cary Christian’s Adria Johnson, used to seeing an average of 25 kills per match, had just nine.

“It was the worst passing game we’ve had this whole season,” said Knights assistant coach Carlin Johnson.

The Knights and Warriors split last year’s series, too, and it was the only loss for St. David’s otherwise perfect season.

“This win means a lot, especially going into postseason play – because we had lost before, but were able to rally together tonight and play our best,” St. David’s senior Katie Dickens said.

The Warriors went out of conference a few weeks ago to test themselves against Ravenscroft, now 22-2 on the season. That test seems to have paid off for St. David’s.

“They played the best they have played all season, a clean and competitive game,” said coach Katie Fleming. “It was a crucial win for us tonight for conference play because it put us in with a good seeding and a mindset where all of our games mean something, and they handled that tonight.”

The Warriors (16-4, 11-1) and Cary Christian are tied for first in the EPIC. The two teams could end tied for first after this week.

The EPIC conference tournament begins Oct. 15, and the semifinals and finals will be held Oct. 18-19 at Raleigh Grace Christian.

Although there are few more losses than in recent years, St. David’s goal remains high.

“They are very capable of winning a state championship this year, especially if we keep playing as well and having games go to the bitter end like that. There’s so much experience to be competitive that way,” Fleming said.

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