09/18/09 — Dawgs secure Carolina 1-A road victory

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Dawgs secure Carolina 1-A road victory

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on September 18, 2009 1:46 PM

CALYPSO -- Riding the momentum of two strong performances, North Duplin's volleyball team got stopped in its tracks Thursday afternoon.

Princeton turned in a dominating serving game and rolled to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-7 victory in Carolina 1-A Conference play.

"I was really pleased with my girls effort today," said Princeton head coach Trudi Rast. "We have been working very hard to get ready for these conference games and today that work paid off."

Princeton controlled the play from the service line.

Rebecca Harlan led the Dawgs with eight service aces and seven kills. Teammate Hannah Wood added six aces. Traci Bridgers tallied 15 digs.

"Princeton is a very good team and they came in here ready to play today," said Rebels head coach Heather Best. "They are not a big team, but they pass the ball extremely well and they don't make mistakes."

The Dawgs raced out to a 12-2 lead in the decisive third set before the Rebels made their final surge. Tearra Ammons' only kill of the night closed the deficit to 16-13, but the Rebels could get no closer. Ammons finished with four digs, while Alonna Pate contributed three digs and two blocks.

"We still have work to do and we have to come out Monday and get refocused," said Best. "We have two important conference matches next week and it's going to take a better effort to win."

North Duplin (4-4 overall, 1-1 Carolina) travels to Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday and plays host to Rosewood on Thursday for the annual Kay Yow Cancer Awareness match. Both teams will wear pink uniforms and donations collected at the game will go toward cancer research.

Princeton (7-4, 2-0) visits Goldsboro on Tuesday.