Middle School Girls Tennis
Our undefeated (in conference) MS Girl’s Tennis team took on Cary Academy late in the week on Friday September 24th after a reschedule rain game. They held their own against a tough opponent and the 6th grade duo of Natalie Clegg and Anna Houser played very well against a doubles team that included a number one player coming out with a fantastic win that helped secure the final result of 5-4. Singles Mary C. Sewell has been a constant standout digging in and pulling out multiple tough wins to help Warriors keep their winning record.
Middle School girls played against Cary Christian and Cary Academy this week. On Tuesday against Cary Christian the team struggled to find their footing after a week of missing half the team due to Covid holdouts. They continued to press forward despite a lack of rhythm and pressed the opponent against the ropes just coming up short in each set losing 0-2 in the match. In their Cary Academy game they came back to the competition with renewed vigor and kept the game neck and neck only losing each by 2 points and even pushing Cary Academy in the second set past normal scoring to lose just 24-26. The post-game players also rose to the challenge and won in exciting fashion when the Chargers were called for a net violation for the 17th point.
MS BOYS SOCCER
Boys soccer took on Cary Academy but after some rough practices and reschedules due to rain the team was off to a slow start against the Chargers on Thursday, September 23rd. Despite a few scoring changes in the first half the team remained a bit flat and were not able to cash in leaving the half 0-1. Picking up a bit of steam in the second half the boys picked it up and got to within one goal on two separate occasions at 1-2 and 2-3. Ultimately the team fell 2-4 to Cary Academy but the team has “a lot of passion energy and hope” which remains encouraging, says Coach Walston. Matthew Harrell continues to progress and did a great job of stepping to the ball constantly and showing an outstanding compete level. Nelson Marshall did an excellent job at defense showing good awareness and turning away challenges consistently. Oren Cline and Reilly Crosby scored a goal each and played well on the attack. There was a great moment during the last 5 minutes of the game when reserve Brady Smith was playing defense and stepped to the ball nicely and made great defensive plays back-to-back. The boys on the bench and near him on the field, as well as the coaches, noticed his great play and acknowledged it through cheers and specific encouragement. Come support the MS Warriors in their playoff games which start this Friday, October 1st.
MS BOYS SOCCER
Middle School boys soccer took on Friendship Christian this week and came home with a Warrior Win! The team played crisp and tough soccer on a very hot day to notch their first home win of the season. Solid play came from across the board but standout athletes included Reilly Crosby with 2 goals, Oren Cline with 1 goal and Carson Riddick with an impressive goal whose corner kick curled into the side of the net to score. Carson and Nicholas Casas centered a strong defensive effort while Nelson Marshall's aggressive midfield play was fun to watch. "The boys played much more patient defending the entire field", said Coach Walston, "which was the focus of our Monday practice as well as controlled possession." Carrying those skills from practice to the game helped them post a 4-2 win. Go Warriors!
MS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Girls volleyball beat Friendship Christian this week with strong play from the entire crew. The girls all came together in this week's match to serve tough as well as play intense defense and purposeful offense. It was a group effort to keep the opponent at bay helped along by Mary Elizabeth Martin and Emma Kate Woody who were impressive at the service line notching 6 aces each! Katie France, Addie Howard and Elizabeth Seamster all contributed with strong defense getting many digs. The team "played great and were fun to watch and coach", Coach Jessie Carroll said. They play again at home next week against NRCA on August 31st.
MS GIRLS TENNIS
In an exciting home match, the girls tennis team took on Ravenscroft and eeked out a 5-4 victory and being down 2-4 when the singles games had concluded. The double team "came out firing strong and secured all three courts for an awesome victory" Coach Emily Nelson said. They were fighting in each set and put in great effort for their first game of the season. They play Wake Christian at home next week on August 30th. Come out and support our tennis team!