CFCA sweeps volleyball vs. Raleigh Christian, boys soccer splits openers

by | Aug 26, 2023 | Articles, Cape Fear Christian Academy

Lily Gotlibowski sets for Cape Fear Christian on Thursday.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Cape Fear Christian Academy hosted Raleigh Christian on Thursday for nonconference soccer and volleyball matches.

CFCA completed a volleyball sweep with a 3-0 win in the varsity match by scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-13.

The hosts won the junior varsity volleyball contest, 2-0, and took middle school volleyball, 2-0.

CFCA won the middle school boys soccer match, 2-1, before Raleigh Christian picked up its lone win of the day in the varsity boys soccer game, 3-1.

Varsity volleyball

Coach Lolita Tripp saw an improved performance as CFCA moved to 3-1.

“This game was much more relaxed than the girls have played,” said Coach Tripp. “The communication that had been sporadic, was much more consistent. The girls were calling the ball and talking in between plays to make important defensive adjustments.

“I can’t say enough about our setter. Lily Gotlibowski did a fantastic job of finding holes and dropping the ball right where it needed to be. I’m so proud of how hard she and all the girls worked.”

Statistically, Bailey Dorman had 12 kills, 19 digs, two blocks and one ace. Ella John Dupree had five kills, one ace and three digs. Gotlibowski had 19 assists, one kill and one dig.

Hailey Wangelin finished with 11 digs and one assist. Karlee Edwards recorded one kill, three blocks and three digs. Madeline Brocious had two aces, three kills and seven digs.

Libero Jada Johnson’s totals included one ace, one kill and 28 digs. Larah Tripp served three aces and had three kills with eight blocks and pne dig. Perri Caroline Ennis made five kills and had one block.

Junior Varsity Volleyball

Set scores were 25-11 and 25-16 in favor of CFCA, now 2-0.

“Serving was our main focus,” said Coach Tripp. “We have really worked hard on quality serves during practice and I feel like it really showed. Out of the 50 points we scored, 27 were from aces.

“Also, Lily Kate Dupree is really starting to step up and run the court as our setter. We still have moments of uncertainty in terms of rotation but it’s definitely better.”

Stats for the JV included Dupree with three aces and five assists. Alexis Hood had four digs. Maddi Herring had two kills and five digs. Ella Wilborn had five aces and a kill. Lana Thompson had four aces and five digs.

Peyton Dunn’s numbers were six aces, give kills and one dig. Abby Taylor had a kill and four digs. Kylie Kessler had a dig. Madie Boyer had five digs. Grace Viox had seven aces and a pair of digs. Megan Harrold had two aces, two kills and two digs.

Middle School Volleyball

CFCA’s 2-0 victory came with set scores of 25-11 and 25-12.

Avery Lassiter had four kills, Mady Tyndall had three and Finley Phillips and Sailor Phillips had one each.

Sailor Phillips had 10 aces. Tyndall and Callie Wilson had six each. Bristol Stephens had two and Olivia Thompson had one.

Middle School Boys Soccer

Tysom Stephens and Eli Shwaikeh had goals for CFCA in its season opener.

Gunner Dorman and Braxton Young had assists.

Varsity Boys Soccer

Raleigh Christian had a 1-0 lead at the half before Zeke Brock found the net to equalize for the host Eagles in their first game of the season. Raleigh Christian (2-0) had two subsequent scores.

“We had a few players that had to come out due to leg cramps and we had to shift some players around into positions they hadn’t played much,” said CFCA coach Bill Parrish. “That hurt us against a strong and skilled opponent and RCA capitalized.”

Jakson Cullen played goalie in the first half, with five saves. Lathan Wilborn had seven saves in the second half.

Brock had three shots on goal, Caden Scarborough had two and Thomas Honeycutt had one.

“Defensively, I think all our guys played extremely well against a lot of offensive pressure that RCA was able to apply,” Parrish said. “Overall, it was a great effort by all of our players.”


All of CFCA’s soccer and volleyball teams open Mid-Carolina Conference play on Tuesday at Lee Christian.

Ella John Dupree digs for the host Eagles in a 3-0 victory.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Perri Caroline Ennis hits for Cape Fear Christian Academy.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Larah Tripp had eight blocks as CFCA improved to 3-1.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Hailey Wangelin had 11 digs for CFCA on Thursday.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Bailey Dorman soars for a point for Cape Fear Christian.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Zeke Brock had CFCA’s varsity goal Thursday against Raleigh Christian.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Caden Scarborough had two shots on goal for CFCA.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Cade Godwin passes for CFCA on Thursday in the season opener.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

CFCA goalie Jakson Cullen punts the ball away in the first half.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Tyson Stephens had a goal for the middle school boys on Thursday.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

CFCA middle school defenders form a wall against Raleigh Christian.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Eli Shwaikeh had CFCA’s second half goal in a 2-1 middle schook win.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)

Gunner Dorman had an assist for CFCA n the middle school contest.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Barbara Myatt)


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