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Maiden beat East Burke 3-0 at home Tuesday to remain within three games of first-place Newton-Conover in the Catawba Valley 2-A standings. The Blue Devils are 9-3 in conference play, including a sweep of rival Bandys, and the Red Devils are 12-0. Maiden won 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 over East Burke. Melanie Annas had a team-high 13 kills, Lauren Sizemore had 11, and McKenzie Garrison had nine. Ibtxhis Khang led Maiden with 43 assists in the win. Maiden plays Thursday at Bunker Hill.
ST. STEPHENS 3, HIBRITEN 0
The St. Stephens Indians swept Hibriten at home Tuesday and remain tied with Hickory for second place in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A standings. The Indians won 3-0 over the Panthers to improve to 6-2 in conference play.
Hickory defeated Fred T. Foard on Tuesday, also a 3-0 sweep, for the same conference record. Both teams trail first-place Watauga, which was 6-0 in conference play heading into a match against South Caldwell. The final score was not available at press time. St. Stephens plays Foard on Thursday at Foard.
The Indians won Tuesdayâ€™s match 25-8, 25-7, 25-13.
Paige Heeke led St. Stephens with 12 kills, Abby Foster had a team-high 18 assists, and Taylor Cummins contributed 12 digs.
HICKORY 3, FRED T. FOARD 0
The Red Tornadoes defeated the Tigers with scores of 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 in a conference volleyball match at Hickory.
The Red Tornadoes improved to 6-2 in conference play and are tied with St. Stephens for second place in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A standings. Foard dropped to 4-4 in conference play, and it hosts the Indians on Thursday.
Drew Worrells led the Tigers on Tuesday with seven kills, and Rebecca Scott had 21 assists. Worrells and Olivia Purvis both had two assists.
NEWTON-CONOVER 3, DRAUGHN 0
The Red Devilsâ€™ perfect conference play continued Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout over the Wildcats. Newton-Conover improved to 12-0 this season and is three games ahead of Maiden in the Catawba Valley 2-A standings.
BUNKER HILL 3, WEST CALDWELL 0
Judith Jones had five aces and five kills in the Bearsâ€™ road win Tuesday over the Warriors. Bunker Hill defeated West Caldwell 25-16, 30-28, 25-9 and improved to 4-8 in the conference standings.
Sarah Brown contributed 10 digs and three blocks for Bunker Hill in the win.
The Bears play at home Thursday against Maiden.
HICKORY 6, FRED T. FOARD 3
Jackie Lomboy (HHS) d. Amanda Lail 6-2, 6-1; Ana Drummond (FTF) d. Erynn Hurst 6-4, 6-0; Nadia Juerges (HHS) d. Jackie Ogg 6-0, 6-3; Caroline Poole (HHS) d. Julia Long 6-3, 6-4; Caroline Smith (HHS) d. Brittany Hunsucker 6-2, 6-1; Zoe Fisher (HHS) d. Haley Hurst 6-1, 6-1
Lail-Julia Long (FTF) d. Juerges-Smith 8-5; Drummond-Ogg (FTF) d. Poole-Fisher 8-2; Erynn Hurst-Seulbin Han (HHS) d. Hunsucker-Hurst 9-8 (7-3)