“They’re always the team to beat until somebody knocks them off that perch,” Lumberton head coach Kenny Simmons said. “They lost quite a bit from last year, they’re in rebuilding mode a little bit but still very talented.”
Lumberton (3-5, 0-1) nearly scored early in the first half when Ryan Musselwhite’s shot from 20 yards out appeared bound for the goal before Pinecrest goalie Garrett Melia made an athletic save. Fifteen minutes later, the Patriots (3-1-1, 1-0) lit the scoreboard to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
“The complexity of the game changed after that and we never recovered,” Simmons said.
Pinecrest’s Hayden Little scored two goals and Jake Harbeck added a third. Lumberton goalie Thomas Bailey made seven saves in net. Melia had four in the shutout.
Pirate volleyball blanks Colts
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton High School volleyball team swept Cape Fear, 3-0, in a nonconference contest Wednesday night at LHS.
The Lady Pirates made quick work of the Colts with winning scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-21. Aliyah Ratley had eight kills and Allison Kinlaw provided 15 assists for the Lady Pirates (6-5, 1-1).
Lady Mustangs shut out Vikings
ROWLAND — The South Robeson volleyball team cruised past West Columbus, 3-0, in a Three Rivers Conference match Wednesday night at South Robeson High.
The Lady Mustangs, who won in scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-13, remain undefeated in Three Rivers play at 3-0, coinciding with an 8-3 overall record.
Fairmont routs Red Springs
RED SPRINGS — China Smith had nine kills to help lead the Fairmont volleyball team to 3-0 rout of Red Springs in a Three Rivers match Wednesday night. The Lady Golden Tornadoes (4-4, 2-1) breezed to victory in counts of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-14.
Fairmont’s Brittany Seals served 17 points, while Christa Thorndyke added 15 assists.