Midway through league play, the Marvin Ridge High volleyball team looks like the team to beat in the new Southern Carolina Conference.

The Mavericks swept Sun Valley, 3-0, on Tuesday to move to 18-4 overall and 7-0 in Southern Carolina Conference play. Sun Valley currently sits in third in the SCC standings at 10-8 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Leading the way for Marvin Ridge on Tuesday was junior Rebecca West, who had a team-high 10 kills. Fellow junior Meredith Meek — the team’s setter — contributed a match-high 19 assists to up her total to 436 this season.

The Mavericks are back in action Thursday, Oct. 7, at home against Porter Ridge, while Sun Valley travels to play Piedmont on the same night.

Weddington 3, Piedmont 0

Weddington improved to 12-5 overall and 5-2 in SCC play Tuesday night with a sweep of Piedmont. The Warriors have won three straight matches since a 3-2 loss to Marvin Ridge on Sept. 28.

Leading the way for the Warriors this season has been senior Lyvia Trimp, who has a league-high 330 kills already this season. She’s already one kill away from matching her career-best for a single season, which she set as a sophomore in 2019 in 21 more sets played. Trimp is Weddington’s all-time leader in career kills, with 1,009 to her credit already.

Senior Mailey Garner has also been crucial for the Warriors. She’s second on the team in both kills (152) and assists (284) and leads the team in service aces (38).

Cuthbertson 3, Porter Ridge 1Cuthbertson defeated Porter Ridge, 3-1, on Tuesday to improve to 6-9 overall and 3-4 in Southern Carolina Conference play. The victory was the Cavaliers’ third in four matches.

Cuthbertson swept the season series with the Pirates, who are currently 9-6 overall and 1-6 in league play. Porter Ridge is 2-6 in its last eight matches after starting the season 8-0.

Porter Ridge travels to play Marvin Ridge on Thursday.

Union Academy 3, South Stanly 0Union Academy bounced back from its only loss of the season to defeat South Stanly, 3-0, on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (19-1, 8-1 YVC) lost their first match of the season to Gray Stone Day, 3-1, on Sept. 29. Prior to that match, the Cardinals were 18-0 and had dropped just five sets all season.

Leading the way for Union Academy this season has been the upperclassmen duo of junior Anna Ungerer and senior Ryleigh Clayborn, who have combined for 390 kills so far in 2021. Clayborn and junior Lauren Munday are tied for the county lead in total blocks (37), while Munday’s 458 assists rank her first among all county players this season.