N-C Sweeps CVAC

Newton-Conover has the season sweep over rival Bandys and the season sweep over the entire Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference. The Red Devils defeated the Trojans 3-0 on Tuesday at home in the CVAC conference tournament championship. It was the third time this season Newton-Conover beat Bandys.

The win also moved Newton-Conover to 17-0 this season against teams from the CVAC. The Red Devils went 14-0 in the regular season, and they went 3-0 in the conference tournament to win it for the second straight season.

“That is everybody’s goal,” said Newton-Conover coach Linda Richards. “We want to win the conference. We have to play some tough teams, and I think it’s an accomplishment to win because there are such tough teams in this league.”

Bandys is one of three conference teams this season to lose to Newton-Conover three times this season. The Red Devils on Tuesday won 25-15, 25-17, 25-11. Bandys jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set, but Newton-Conover tied it at 8. The Red Devils went on an 8-1 run later in the set for an 18-10 lead, and they closed the set with a 7-1 run, which ended with a kill by Paris Wicklin.

“I think Bandys is a very athletic team, but we have taller girls,” Richards said. “Our size helps us a little bit. I think that was the difference in this game.”

Richards added she hopes both teams make it far enough in the playoffs so they can play again.

Wicklin scored the final point for the Red Devils in all three sets, and she had team highs in kills (14) and blocks (three). She scored her final four kills during an 11-1 run at the end the third set.
Corbin Evans contributed nine kills for Newton-Conover with two blocks and an ace, and Isabella Zaliagiris had six kills and a block.

“They are good,” Bandys coach Jessica Harvey said. “I would like to face them when we are at full strength. I think it would be a more exciting game.”

Outside hitter Taylor Sigmon was on Bandys’ bench Tuesday with a knee injury, and she will miss the rest of the volleyball season.
Jesse Story led Bandys with seven kills, and Kaylie Punch had two kills, a block and an ace.