Fairmont trumps Lumberton to remain unbeaten
FAIRMONT — The Fairmont High School volleyball team continued its early-season dominance, winning in three sets Thursday over county rival Lumberton.
The Golden Tornadoes (3-0) were led by Marsha Clewis, Tiffany Hicks and Brittany Hunt. The trio tallied 10 kills each to pace the team’s attack throughout the evening.
It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the afternoon, with Fairmont winning by no more than nine points in each set. The Tornadoes won the first set 25-20, the second 25-22 and the third set 25-16 to claim the match.
The Pirates (0-4) battled, but hitting and service errors proved to be costly in each set, giving Fairmont the advantage.
Niya Dickens finished with 10 service points and four aces for Fairmont, with Brianna McKnight contributing nine service points, including five consecutive points in the second set. Reva Locklear led the Golden Tornadoes with 19 assists. Hicks chipped in with seven service points and three aces.
Kortnee Floyd led Lumberton, tallying eight service points and 16 assists. The trio of Randi Bullard, Mariah Locklear and London Thompson led Pirates with five kills each.
Lumberton led briefly in the second set after a kill by Thompson pushed the score to 17-13, but Fairmont answered with six points in a row to thwart the Pirates’ attack.
Rams lose tough match at Riverside
LUMBERTON — The Purnell Swett volleyball team lost 3-2 to Riverside Christian Academy on Thursday, dropping the match in five sets.
The Rams (1-3) dropped the final two sets of the match, losing a 2-1 lead to the Eagles (1-0).
Swett won the first set 25-23, lost the second set 25-18 and broke the tie with a 25-16 win. But the Eagles rallied in the fourth and fifth sets, winning 25-19 and 15-11 to claim the victory.
Pirates hold on for win at Cape Fear
FAYETTEVILLE — The Lumberton boys soccer team survived a scare from Cape Fear on Thursday, winning 4-3 to notch its second win of the season
The Pirates (2-1-1) led 3-0 with 10 minutes left in the game, but the Colts (3-2-1) rallied to score three goals in five minutes.
Senior Miguel Bello netted the difference maker for the Pirates, converting a penalty kick in the 78th minute for the victory.
Rene Altamirano led the Lumberton attack, scoring a pair of goals, including the first score to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead at the half.
Nick Veneziano added a goal in the 60th minute to give Lumberton a 3-0 lead.
Pirate goalkeeper Alex Wober earned his first varsity win, saving six of nine shots. Altamirano and Noah Taylor added an assist in the winning effort.
Andrew Goncharov netted two goals for the Colts, with David Benetiez adding another for the final tally.
Lumberton returns to action Monday at 7 p.m. against New Hanover.
Bulldogs beat W. Columbus
CERRO GORDO — The St. Pauls girls tennis team opened its season Thursday with an 8-1 road win at West Columbus.
The Bulldogs (1-0) got singles wins from Abigale Moncrief, Brianda Barrera, Turijan, Dugarte and Nayeli Estrada. Estrada and Barrera also notched doubles wins, along with Amanda Futrell/Moncrief and Turijan/Dugarte.
Rams fall at W. Bladen
DUBLIN — The Purnell Swett girls tennis team lost 5-2 at West Bladen on Thursday, dropping to 2-2 on the season.
Kari Brooks and Haley Dimery were the only Bulldogs to win their single matches.
Red Devils lose at S. Columbus
TABOR CITY — The Red Springs girls tennis team fell 9-0 at South Columbus on Thursday, dropping to 0-3 on the season.