Conference play has begun for Union County’s high school volleyball teams, and Marvin Ridge is off to a strong start to Southern Carolina Conference play.
The Mavericks (10-3 overall, 2-0 SCC) picked up a 3-1 win over Sun Valley on Tuesday for their second league win in a row to start the conference campaign. Marvin Ridge was led offensively by the duo of Madeline Holmes and Rebecca West, who both had 12 kills to lead Marvin Ridge.
Sun Valley (4-3. 1-1 SCC), meanwhile, got 39 combined kills from juniors Aaliyah Mitchell and Hailey Pearce. The rest of the Spartans combined for 17 kills in the loss.
Defensively, Marvin Ridge got a big match from junior Rebecca West, who totaled six blocks on the night. Fellow junior Meredith Meeks and freshman Katie Meewes split setter duties, combining for 39 of the team’s 44 assists.
Marvin Ridge returns to action Monday against Legion Collegiate Academy, while Sun Valley takes on conference foe Piedmont on Tuesday.
Union Academy 3, Piedmont 0
The Union Academy volleyball team continued its undefeated start to the season with a 3-0 sweep of Piedmont on Monday. The Cardinals are 15-0 on the season — including a 5-0 mark in league play — and have only dropped four sets across the 49 they’ve played this fall.
Union Academy was led Monday by junior Anna Ungerer, who totaled 21 of the team’s 42 kills on the night. Ungerer currently leads all Union County players with 168 kills so far this season. UA junior setter Lauren Munday had 28 assists to improve her county-leading total to 345.
The Cardinals defeated Mount Pleasant, 3-1, on Thursday night and will return to action Monday on the road against North Stanly. Piedmont (5-5) will start SCC play Tuesday against Sun Valley.
Butler 3, Cuthbertson 1
The Cuthbertson volleyball team fell to 3-6 overall Monday after a 3-1 defeat at Butler. The match was the Cavaliers’ final before starting Southern Carolina Conference play next week.
Cuthbertson will enter SCC play having lost five of their past seven matches. Last season, the Cavaliers went 8-6 while playing a conference-only schedule and missed out on the state playoffs.
The Cavaliers hope they can turn things around and eventually challenge for a 4A playoff spot come the end of the regular season. Cuthbertson has finished above .500 in five of the past six volleyball seasons.
Providence 3, Weddington 1
The Weddington volleyball team fell to 5-4 overall Monday with a 3-1 loss to Providence. The Warriors have dropped two straight matches since a 3-0 sweep of Fort Mil on Aug. 31.
Providence had three players with at least 12 kills — senior Gabby LaPata (16), junior Ava Leahy (15) and junior Ava Pritchett (12). The Panthers are currently undefeated on the season, boasting a 10-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the Southwestern 4A Conference.
Weddington, which is 0-1 in SCC play after being swept by Sun Valley last week, will return to conference play Tuesday to face Piedmont on the road. Weddington has won 15 straight matches over the Panthers since a 3-2 loss on Sept. 30, 2014.
Forest Hills 3, Piedmont 1
Forest Hills defeated Piedmont on Wednesday to improve to 4-7 this fall. The Yellow Jackets had dropped four of its previous five matches before Wednesday’s win.
The Jackets’ victory avenged a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Piedmont back on Sept. 1. The matchup Wednesday came after Forest Hills dropped its first two Rocky River Conference matches of the season to Anson and Parkwood.
Forest Hills returns to the court Tuesday to take on RRC foe West Stanly. The Yellow Jackets are 0-22 all-time against West Stanly since the start of the 2011 season, according to MaxPreps.