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Playoff roundup: Big starts for Ardrey Kell, Providence in volleyball

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Mecklenburg County’s top two public school girls’ volleyball teams got off to big starts Saturday in the 4A state playoffs, sweeping first-round foes.

Top-seeded Ardrey Kell beat East Mecklenburg by set scores of 25-8, 25-11 and 25-11; and fourth-seeded Providence Day overcame a sluggish start and downed Asheville 25-18, 25-8 and 25-15.

Ardrey Kell (27-1) scored the first two points in its opening set against East Mecklenburg. The Eagles cut the deficit to 2-1, and then the Knights ran off nine straight points for an 11-1 lead.

Alexis Shelton led Ardrey Kell with 11 kills, while Camryn Shelton and Kaley Keough paced the defense with seven digs apiece. Estella Sawyer had 15 assists.

The Knights will host 16th-seeded Sun Valley (16-9) in the second round Tuesday. The Spartans advanced with a sweep of Northwest Guilford.

Providence (26-1), the defending 4A state runner-up, will host 13th-seeded Myers Park on Tuesday. The Mustangs beat Northern Guilford in the first round.

Providence’s only loss this season was to Ardrey Kell, on Oct. 13.

The teams would have a rematch in the quarterfinal round.

Two other top-seeded teams from the Charlotte area scored 3-0 first-round victories. North Iredell swept West Charlotte in 3A, and Union Academy swept South Davidson in 1A.

North Iredell hosts Pisgah in the second round, while Union Academy is home to Bradford Prep in Round 2.

NCISAA volleyball

Cannon School is the only remaining Charlotte-area team in the 4A division of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs after a 3-0 victory Saturday over Charlotte Country Day.

Cannon School will host Durham Academy in a semifinal match Tuesday.

In 2A, Gaston Day advanced to the semifinals by sweeping Freedom Christian 3-0.

Drew Brown had 22 kills and 11 digs for the Spartans (28-9), who will host Caldwell Academy on Tuesday in the next round.

Anne Bradley Bing (36 assists, 11 digs) and Megan Brown (13 kills, 10 digs, six aces) also had big matches for Gaston Day.

Soccer

Top-seeded Carmel Christian blanked Charlotte Country Day 3-0 in the quarterfinals and is the only remaining Charlotte-area team in the 4A division of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s playoffs.

The match was played at the Matthews SportsPlex.

Julian Arias got the Cougars’ first goal, and Matthew Griffin made it 2-0 shortly before halftime. Max Rice finished the scoring with a goal in the final five minutes.

Carmel Christian will host Wesleyan Christian in a Tuesday semifinal.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Gaston Day continued its domination in 2A, crushing Neuse Christian 9-0. The Spartans will host Fayetteville Academy in a semifinal match Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Payne Fulghum got his 10th shutout of the season, and Ben Spencer had another big day with six goals and an assist. Marco Wright had a goal and an assist, and Jack Dee added three assists.

Field hockey

It will be an all-CISAA semifinal round in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s field hockey semifinals Tuesday.

Top-seeded Providence Day (17-3) crushed Ravenscroft School 9-0 and will host fourth seed Charlotte Latin (13-4) in the semis. Charlotte Latin advanced with a 4-1 victory over Cary Christian.

The other semifinal will have third seed Covenant Day (6-6-2) at second-seeded Charlotte Country Day (14-4).

Covenant Day downed Cary Academy 4-1. Charlotte Country Day advanced with a 3-0 shutout of Forsyth Country Day. Cameron Park scored two goals for the Buccaneers, and Grace Mountcastle added a goal and an assist. Grace Gardner got the shutout in goal.

Girls’ tennis

The public schools’ individual regional tennis tournaments took place Friday and Saturday across the state, with top finishers advancing to next weekend’s state tournaments.

The private schools, meanwhile, had the quarterfinal round of team competition.

In 4A, top-seeded Charlotte Latin blanked Greensboro Day 5-0 and will host Durham Academy in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Country Day downed St. Mary’s School 5-0 and will host Cary Academy in the semis. Anna Torstrick won in No. 1 singles for the Buccaneers and teamed with Arden Anton for a victory in No. 1 doubles.

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