Norris kills Clinton’s hopes for win

Staff report

September 27, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles were put on the shoulders, or at least in the powerful right hand, of Abbey Norris on Thursday and defeated Clinton in a Four County Conference volleyball match in four games.

East Bladen handed the Lady Dark Horses the loss by scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-10 and 26-24.

Norris lit of the scorebook with 12 service points behind six aces and also had a pair of blocks. But her finest work came at the net, where she tallied a total of 25 kills to lead the Lady Eagles.

Also putting up solid numbers for East Bladen was Miller Heustess, who slammed 10 aces en route to 17 service points. She also contributed 15 assists in the match.

Lacey Suggs turned in a solid effort with eight kills, three aces and two blocks, while Claire Campbell had eight assists, five kills and four aces.




— In Dublin on Thursday, the Lady Knights beat back a stiff challenge from Wallace-Rose Hill in a Four County Conference match by the scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-21.

West Bladen was led by Morgan Sweeney’s 14 kills and 10 service points, while Codi Pait contributed 16 service winners behind four aces. Breanna Jackson turned in 12 service points and three kills, and teammate Mallory Davis tallied eight kills and six blocks.

Courtney Thompson added five kills and four blocks — two of those blocks to seal the match at the end of the fourth game.




— In Lumberton on Thursday, the Pirates won their fifth straight match with a 2-0 shutout of East Bladen in a non-conference matchup.

Lumberton outshot the Eagles by a 13-8 margin, and Matt Massengill was credited with nine saves in the East Bladen nets.

The Eagles’ best chance at a goal came early in the second half when a shot bounded off the crossbar and away from East Bladen attackers. The goal would have knotted the match — instead, the Pirates added a second goal later in the half to seal the win.




— In Dublin on Thursday, West Bladen put together a strong effort against Four County Conference leader Clinton before getting nipped, 5-4.

“I thought our girls played very well,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson. “We played them about three weeks ago in Clinton and they defeated us 7-2. Today, we were able to maintain longer rallies and stay in each match longer.”

The two teams split the six singles matches, with the Lady Knights getting Ws from Alicia Avellaneda at No. 2 (4-6, 6-2, 10-8), Madison Staton at No. 3 (6-4 and 7-5) and Alanna Ludlum at No. 4 (7-5, 1-6, 10-5).

In doubles action, West Bladen got a win from the tandem of Staton and Alanna Ludlum at No. 2 by the score of 8-6.