Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity volleyball team rallied for a 5-set victory at Cresset Christian of Durham on Friday to complete a Mid-Carolina Conference sweep.
CFCA took a 2-0 middle school volleyball triumph and dispatched the hosts, 6-0, in varsity boys soccer.
Set scores were 17-25, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-9.
Dropping the first set provided a wake-up call.
“We were truly surprised by the improvement in the volleyball program at Cresset,” said CFCA coach Lolita Tripp. “We were honestly expecting an easy win but they were tough. After the initial shock of the first set, the girls settled into our brand of volleyball. We made defensive adjustments on service receptions and covering our blockers.
“Then there was Bailey Dorman. She was absolutely on fire, attacking the ball. We utilized her from the back row as well as the front. Cresset could not contain her and the rest of our girls gave her the passes, sets and support to enable her continual assault. We never gave up. It was quite a display of pure grit by our team.”
Dorman’s stats included 45 digs, 22 kills and four aces.
Ella John Dupree had seven aces, five kills and 13 digs. Lily Gotlibowski finished with 36 assists, five digs, two aces and two kills. Hailey Wangelin had nine digs. Karlee Edwards had four digs, three aces, one kill and one block. Madeline Brocious had eight digs and one kill.
Libero Jada Johnson totaled 32 digs and a kill. Larah Tripp’s line included seven digs, three blocks and three kills. Perri Caroline Ennis had a kill.
CFCA, 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. with a conference contest at home against Crossroads Christian.
Middle School Volleyball
Set scores were 25-19 and 28-26.
Kills for CFCA included Finley Phillips with four, Mady Tyndall (3), Callie Wilson (2) and Sailor Phillips (2).
Aces included Olivia Thompson with four, Sailor Phillips (3), Finley Phillips (2), Mady Tyndall (2) and Isabella Autry (2).
Thompson had five assists and Campbell Phillips had four.
“The girls played an amazing two sets,” said Coach Falon Kessler. “They worked together and had great communication throughout both sets. They were in a new rotation this game, due to an injury, and another player out. They made the adjustments needed and pulled together.”
The CFCA middle school team (4-1, 2-0 MCC) visits Greenfield on Tuesday for a nonconference match at 4 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer
A strong performance on both ends of the field put CFCA at 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the MCC.
Caden Scarborough had a pair of goals and six of CFCA’s 25 shots on goal.
Zeke Brock had a goal and an assist to Ethan Beasley with six shots on goal. Eli Burns put three shots on goal and scored one.
Micah Andemichael scored on his lone shot on goal. Cade Godwin had four shots on goal and Grayson Avent had two. Thomas Honeycutt and Chris Crume each had one shot on goal.
Goalie Jakson Cullen had six saves in the shutout.
“Our defense played very well again today and it led to a lot of offensive runs for us,” said CFCA coach Bill Parrish. “We have been working on possession and offense a lot the last few practices as well as challenging and winning 50/50 balls.
“We were able to take what we have been working on in practices and implement it. … We moved the ball well and we also looked to pass the ball a lot more, which led to several scoring opportunities. I am very proud of the team’s energy and effort they played with.”
CFCA hosts Wayne Prep of Goldsboro on Tuesday at 4 p.m.