Sports Shorts for October 29: Hough stops Hopewell in volleyball playoffs

by Chris Hunt

Entering the postseason, the Hough High volleyball team had never beaten Hopewell. In two regular-season meetings, the first-year Huskies managed to win just one game.

But that didn’t deter the Huskies on Oct. 26, as they took a 3-2 victory over Hopewell in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Hough jumped out to a 2-1 game lead and held off a furious comeback to win 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 16-14.

With the win, Hough (17-10) advanced to a third-round match at No. 1-seeded Watauga (25-3) on Oct. 28.

“It was a very exciting match,” said Hough coach Sandi Skidmore. “We played our best match of the season. We played smart and consistent. I told the girls before the game we had nothing to lose, and it helped that we were familiar with Hopewell.”

Hopewell (27-4) was the I-MECK 4A conference’s No. 2 seed after tying Lake Norman for the conference title. The Titans won their first 17 matches of the season.

“We had some great accomplishments this season, including an undefeated run,” said Hopewell coach Rhonda Auman. “But we didn’t accomplish our ultimate goal. Even so, it was a great season.”

Hough outside hitter Paige Zartman had 12 kills and 25 digs, while Kaylin Overcash added nine kills and 38 digs. Nichole Hero contributed 41 assists.

Hopewell senior Hannah Early collected 18 kills and 22 digs. Sophomore Rachel Eppley chipped in 17 kills and 35 digs, while her sister, senior Adrian Eppley, dished out 48 assists and 22 digs.

Eagle football players honored

SouthLake Christian Academy quarterback Sam Remick was named the Carolina Piedmont Football Conference 2010 Offensive Player of the Year.

Entering the final game of the regular season, Remick’s thrown for 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 730 yards and 10 scores.

Remick was joined on the all-conference squad by teammates Charles Hazzard (offensive line), Andre Diouf (punter) and Travis Hallman (wide receiver).

Westminster Catawba’s Ian Brandt is the CPFC Defensive Player of the Year, while his squad’s coach, Dan Devine, won the Coach of the Year award.

SouthLake volleyball has all-conference players

SouthLake volleyball players Meghan Bentley and Kayla Summer earned first-team All-Metrolina Athletic Conference honors.

Bentley, a setter, collected 648 assists for the Eagles, who have a 20-5 record. Sumner was the team’s second-leading scorer behind outside hitter Katie Schoenrock with 259 kills.

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