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Greenfield outlasts CCS in five sets

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The host Greenfield School varsity volleyball team regrouped to win the final two sets and claim a 23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10 marathon from city rival Community Christian School in the sweltering Greenfield gym Monday afternoon.

Led by the trio of junior Kaelyn Wall, senior Sumer Hassan and junior Caroline Stone, the Lady Knights, utilizing a combination of three varsity and three junior varsity players, improved to 3-4, while CCS sank to 2-7.

“Very proud of the girls today,” said coach Jadelyn Castillo. “They have their ups and downs, but they never give up.”

Wall served for 11 aces, wound up with 14 service points, 20 kills and 35 digs. Stone notched 13 service points and 30 assists. Hassan’s numbers included nine points, eight kills, 36 digs and two assists.

Eighth-grader Jeallen Holland chipped in with five service points, five blocks and eight digs. Freshman Lily Hess worked for 25 digs. Senior Teresa Hadley served for six points and had five digs.

Down 3-2 in the opening set, junior Lauren Pate served the Lady Cyclones to a 11-3 cushion. Greenfield trailed 18-9 when Wall, with darting short serves, served the Lady Knights to a 20-18 advantage. CCS sophomore MaKayla Webb finally broke Wall’s serve. With the score knotted 23-23, CCS claimed the first set on Pate’s kill and her serve.

The Lady Cyclones’ biggest lead in the back-and-forth second set was 10-7, while Greenfield, in the late going, forged a 23-18 cushion. With the score knotted 24-24, Greenfield took the set on a pair of kills from Wall.

The Lady Knights won the set despite seven service errors and the fact that Wall was accurate on just one of her three serves.  CCS was also troubled by service errors.

Pate wound up with 11 points, five aces, 21 digs and 17 kills for CCS. Junior Shaelyn Harold notched seven kills. Junior Kayla Farmer had 21 assists and five service points. Eighth-grader Abigail Jackson served for eight points and junior Logan Woodard amassed six points, four aces and four kills.

“Late in the game, serving errors really hurt us,” CCS coach Kelly Bradshaw noted. “We missed 18 serves total.”

The Lady Cyclones visit St. Thomas More in Raleigh on Tuesday.