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Pirates advance to NAC championship

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WENDELL — The No. 1 seed Corinth Holders volleyball team made quick work of Raleigh Wakefield in the semifinals of the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Tournament, advancing  to the championship game after a 25-12, 25-21, 25-20 victory on Monday night.

The Pirates went down seven points early before senior Kalyn Rogers closed the gap to 7-6 with six straight service points. From then on, Corinth Holders took over, riding the hot hand of senior Makenzie Holzer, who had seven kills in the opening set. Rogers contributed eight assists in the first set as her team took an early 1-0 lead.

To start the second set, the Pirates went down again, fighting back to a tie at 11. Sophomore Madison Adams contributed three aces to help Corinth Holders take the lead once again as the two teams battled it out the rest of the way.

In a much tighter set, Chiara Bettaglio compiled five kills, while senior Gillian Lekander had four to pull out the 2-0 lead for the Pirates. Jasmine Culp and Taylor Schombs had eight and seven digs each, respectively. 

The Wolverines jumped out to a six-point lead to start the final set before the Pirates took control for good. 

Bettaglio led the attack on the night with a team-high 13 kills, 10 digs and three aces over three sets. Holzer aided her with nine kills, while Lekander had seven.

Culp had a team-high 12 digs in victory, while Taylor Schombs was just behind her with 11 in the category.

After downing Wake Forest in four sets Monday night, Heritage will travel to Wendell to play the Pirates in the conference championship game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The two schools split a pair of matches earlier this season.

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