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1A Playoff Notebook: Three Stanly teams advance to second round

In first-round 1A state volleyball playoff games on Tuesday, two Stanly teams played at home while the other went on the road.

North Stanly 3, Rosman 0

The Comets, winners of the Yadkin Valley Conference regular-season title, entered the playoffs as the highest seed from Stanly, a No. 8 seed.

North hosted the Rosman Tigers out of the Smoky Mountain Conference and swept the visitors in three straight with scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-14.

Merris Talbert and Nicole Lowder led the Comets (17-3) in kills while Brinn Kimrey paced North in both digs and service aces.

North will host No. 24 Elkin Thursday at 5 p.m. The Elks upset No. 9 Hiwassee Dam in three straight Tuesday with scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17.

South Stanly 3, Mount Airy 1

The No. 15-seeded Bulls started slowly in the team’s home match against the No. 18 Granite Bears, rallying to win the first two sets. Mount Airy took the third but South secured the playoff win taking the fourth and final set.

South’s Adison Campbell sets up a kill attempt. (Photo by Charles Curcio)

Scores of the match were 25-18, 25-18, 18-25 and 26-24 in favor of the Bulls (16-8).

South Stanly goes on the road Thursday at 5 p.m. to face the No. 2-seeded Alleghany Trojans (20-3). The Trojans advanced Tuesday with a 3-0 win over No. 31 Thomas Jefferson Academy with scores of 25-3, 25-3, and 25-12.

Gray Stone 3, South Stokes 1

The only Stanly team on the road in the opening round of the state playoffs were the reigning YVC tournament champions, the Gray Stone Knights.

Gray Stone earned a No. 22 seed in the playoffs and traveled to No. 11 South Stokes where the Knights won in four sets over the Sauras.

Scores of the match were 25-17, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-22 in favor of Gray Stone.

The Knights (13-7) go on the road Thursday at 5 p.m. to take on No. 6 seed Polk County. The Wolverines (16-8) advanced with a three-set sweep of No. 27 Swain County with scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-13.



About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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