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Volleyball nails down second in CPC

Davie’s varsity volleyball team ended the regular season on a tear, pounding East Forsyth and Reagan to secure runner-up in the Central Piedmont Conference.

Davie squeaked out the first set at home against East on Oct. 15. After that, it had no issues with the only CPC team to knock off first-place West Forsyth this season.

The scores were 26-24, 25-15, 25-14. Davie needed four sets to beat East (8-14 overall) in the first meeting. East was coming off three straight wins in a span of nine sets, including a triumph over Reagan in its previous match.

East’s Kadynce Boothe is a ferocious hitter, but Davie handled her as well as could be expected. Give credit to Aimee Loj and Abigail Reynolds, the sister of football stars Chris (UNC Charlotte’s quarterback) and Jack (Davie receiver).

Coach Amber Brandon said: “Our game plan was to put a lot of pressure on (Boothe) to have to deal with the first contact. We had game plans for when she was back row and front row. We didn’t do a good job of that in the first set. Aimee and Abby had a couple big blocks on her in the second set. When a hitter gets blocked, it messes with their head and changes their game. Abby had a really good game. She’s a good blocker, and that’s something we’ve been working on. We spent all day Monday working on blocking.”

Reynolds (six kills) also turned a corner offensively. “That’s the most offensive production we’ve seen our of her,” she said.

Kayla Moore (12 team-high kills) and Zoey Clark also made significant contributions on their Senior Night. The other seniors honored were Dakota Hutchins, Jessica Crosby and Allie Angel, who is fighting an injury.

“Zoey had a really good game,” she said. “Zoey had to deal with a big blocker in her face all night, and she did a good job of hitting off hands, keeping the ball in play and being aggressive whenever she needed to.”

Davie’s chances of making a run in the postseason will be enhanced by the return of junior Dyllan Everhardt, who missed considerable time with a broken foot.

“Dyllan is working her way back into the lineup,” she said. “I would say she’s 60 percent, but she’s out of the cast. That’s really big for us.”

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Two days later, the War Eagles took care of business at Reagan in the regular-season finale.  The Raiders (13-11 overall) claimed the first set and nearly took the second. The scores were 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.

The War Eagles finished first or second in the regular season for the third year in a row. The standings: West Forsyth 9-1, Davie (15-8 overall) 8-2, East 6-4, Reagan 5-5, Glenn 2-8 and Reynolds 0-10.

Brandon has a gaudy 95-33 record over five years, including a 41-13 mark in the league.