Newton-Conover won the third game of its match against Bandys by 15 points, and it rode that momentum to a key conference win. The Red Devils defeated the Trojans 3-1 on Tuesday at Newton-Conover.
“We got the girls together, and we had good serving and defense,” Newton-Conover coach Linda Richards said. “It was just good team play.”
Newton-Conover won the games 25-17, 21-25, 25-10 and 25-20 in a rematch of the 2009 Catawba Valley 2A conference tournament final. The leader of the Red Devils’ match-changing win in Game 3 was Isabella Zaliagiris.
The junior scored Newton-Conover’s first four points of the game and ended it with nine kills and one block. She led all players in the match with 18 kills and had a block and an ace.
Newton-Conover won the first game, but it lost Mary Henson to an ankle injury. Bandys took advantage of 10 Newton-Conover errors to win the second game by four points. Newton-Conover, however, seized control of the match in the third game and won the fourth despite committing nine errors. The final point of the match was an out-of-bounds serve by Bandys.
The Trojans dropped to 1-1 in conference play after a win earlier this season over Draughn.
“We had a loss on our record last year, and we still won the conference title,” said Jessica Harvey, Bandys’ coach. “We’ll see them again at home, in the conference tournament, and in the state playoffs. So, this is just another Newton-Conover game.”
ST. STEPHENS 3, SHELBY CREST 0
The St. Stephens Indians pulled the plug Tuesday on the Shelby Crest Chargers. The Indians defeated the Chargers 3-0 in a non-conference match at St. Stephens.
St. Stephens won 25-17, 25-19 and 25-19.
Paige Heeke led the Indians to the win with eight kills, five aces and 13 digs. Breanna Hall had nine kills and four blocks, Abby Foster contributed with 19 assists, and Taylor Cummins had 23 digs.
Dakota Keller had a team-high six kills Tuesday for Crest. Katelyn Spangler had 18 assists, and Brooke Humphries finished with 10 digs.
The Indians’ next game is Sept. 7 at home against South Caldwell.
BUNKER HILL 3, SOUTH IREDELL 0
The Bears earned their first conference win of 2010 on Tuesday with a road victory over the Vikings. Bunker Hill swept South Iredell 26-24, 25-22 and 25-19 and improved to 1-2 in conference play.
Sarah Brown had 12 kills and three solo blocks to lead the Bears to the win. Krissy Edwards contributed 23 assists, Margaret Conner had 15 digs, and Joann Winters contributed on defense assisting on three blocks.
Bunker Hill’s next game is Thursday at Draughn.
MAIDEN 3, WEST CALDWELL 0
The Blue Devils earned a resounding conference win Tuesday over the Warriors. Maiden won 3-0 with scores of 25-0, 25-6 and 25-14.
Maiden next plays Thursday at South Iredell.
CATAWBA VALLEY 2A
Newton-Conover 8, East Burke 1
Maiden 9, South Iredell 0
Draughn 5, Bunker Hill 4
West Caldwell 7, Bandys 2
Alexander Central 5, St. Stephens 4