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Pirate volleyball falls in NAC tournament title game

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A five-match win streak for the Corinth Holders volleyball team came to an end in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25, 17-15 loss in five sets to Wake Forest Heritage in the championship game of the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday night.

In the loss, errors were an issue as the Pirates racked up 44 of them over the course of the match.

Deep in the first set, Corinth Holders led 20-15 before a 10-1 run by Heritage stole away the early lead 1-0 lead. 

Kalyn Rogers had eight assists and seven digs the first set, while Makenzie Holzer had four kills and Chiara Bettaglio had three. Jasmine Culp contributed nine digs.

In the second set, the Pirates nearly did the opposite to the Huskies, pushing late to make the end of the set close again. Down 20-14, Corinth Holders rallied all the way back, but fell just short to drop another set.

After letting another set fall, Corinth Holders topped Heritage in the third set, led by Emily Sharrock with seven assists, three digs. Madison Adams contributed six kills that set, while Culp added eight more digs.

A rejuvinated consistency for Corinth Holders in the fourth set tied the match. Rogers compiled 12 assists in four digs, while Bettaglio added eight kills to even the score.

After rallying all the way from a 2-0 deficit, Corinth Holders took a 5-1 lead in the deciding final set. Then the Huskies went on another run to take a 13-12 lead. With the match on the line, Heritage pulled out the victory after both teams had an opportunity to win with match-point advantages.

In the loss, Bettaglio led the attack with 22 kills and 15 digs. Adams assisted her with 15 kills, seven digs and an ace, while Rogers compled 37 assists and Sharrock added 17 assists. Culp led the team in digs with 29 and Cameron Moore had two of the Pirates’ four blocks.

Seeding for the 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs will take place on Thursday.