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AREA ROUNDUP: NJ girls tennis starts season on a hot streak

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KENLY — Through three home matches this week, the North Johnston High girls tennis team has captured three wins and has yet to drop a match at any flight.
On Tuesday, the Lady Panthers plowed through Princeton of the 1-A Carolina Conference 9-0 at home, with No. 1 singles player Arial Pearce, No. 2 Samantha Davis, No. 3 Alexia Dixon, No. 4 Mayelly Oliveros, No. 5 Sarah Batten and No. 6 Ashley Bunn all winning in straight sets.

After taking control in singles, Pearce-Davis, Dixon-Batten and Oliveros-Bunn continued to dominate as all three handily won their doubles competitions on the Nos. 1-3 courts, respectively.

In a doubleheader against 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference opponent Smithfield-Selma Wednesday, North Johnston continued to play well winning 6-0, then 9-0 in back-to-back matches on its home courts in Kenly.

Playing eight-game pro-set singles in the first match, the same lineup that played against Princeton all emerged victorious, dropping just six games combined along the way. North Johnston conceded five games in the second match.

The teams of Dixon-Batten and Oliveros-Bunn did not drop a game in doubles play, while No. 1 Pearce-Davis lost just one.

The Lady Panthers will be back in action Monday, Aug. 26 for their first road game of the year against 3-A Greater Neuse Conference foe West Johnston in Benson.

Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Tinsley Moore 6-0, 6-0; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Breanna Dye 6-0, 6-0; Alexia Dixon (NJ) def. Katelyn Askew 6-1, 6-2; Mayelly Oliveros (NJ) def. Maecy Blake 6-0, 6-2; Sarah Batten (NJ) def. Lydia Pearson 6-4, 6-3; Ashley Bunn (NJ) def. Morgan Fields 6-3, 6-3;
Pearce-Davis (NJ) def. Moore-Dye 8-4; Dixon-Batten (NJ) def. Askew-Blake 8-0; Oliveros-Bunn (NJ) def. Pearson-Fields;

Pearce (NJ) def. Yameli Avila-Marmolejo 8-1; Davis (NJ) def. Jenny Yang 8-2; Dixon (NJ) def. Carlee Wilson 8-1; Oliveros (NJ) def. Rosalinda Nunez-Enriquez 8-2; Batten (NJ) def. Sammira Evans 8-0; Bunn (NJ) def. Eman Mohamed 8-0;
Pearce (NJ) def. Yameli Avila-Marmolejo 8-1; Davis (NJ) def. Jenny Yang 8-0; Dixon (NJ) def. Carlee Wilson 8-1; Oliveros (NJ) def. Rosalinda Nunez-Enriquez 8-1; Batten (NJ) def. Eman Mohamed 8-1; Bunn (NJ) def. Marissa Blanco Moreno 8-1;

Corinth Holders volleyball swept twice
The Corinth Holders volleyball team (0-1) fell 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 in straight sets to New Bern on Monday in a nonconference match between the host 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Pirates and the visiting Bears of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

Senior Makenzie Holzer led the way in the loss with 10 kills, two blocks and 28 attacks, while Jasmine Culp had a team-high 20 digs.

On Thursday, the Pirates were swept again by 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference opponent West Johnston.

In the loss, both senior Makenzie Holzer and sophomore Madison Adams each had nine kills, while senior Kalyn Rogers led the team with 11 digs.

Cougars volleyball captures two wins
The Neuse Charter (2-0) volleyball team captured two victories this week with straight set sweeps of Smithfield-Selma and North Johnston on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

On Tuesday, the Spartans of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference fell 25-19, 25-8, 25-18 to its neighboring opponents from the 1-A Carolina Conference. Earlier that day, the JV team also won against SSS in two sets, 25-20, 25-21.

On Thursday night, the Cougar captured another win, beating the Panthers from the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference 25-22, 25-14, 25-23. The JV Cougars also won after recovering from a first set to take the match, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17.