RALEIGH WAKEFIELD DEFEATS CORNELIUS HOUGH IN NCHSAA 4-A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
RALEIGH— Outside hitter Darian Mack led the way as Raleigh Wakefield outlasted Cornelius W.A. Hough in four sets on Saturday night to take the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A volleyball championship at Reynolds Coliseum on the N.C. State campus.
Mack, a 6-1 senior, was a unanimous selection as Most Valuable Player of the championship with Wakefield prevailing 25-22, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-22. She was credited with a game-high 20 kills.
Wakefield played excellent volleyball in winning the first two sets, sparked by some big kills by Mack. Hough battled back, however, with outside hitter Julia Brown making several key plays, to take the third set. Brown has committed to play at N.C. State.
The fourth set stayed tight until a Wakefield spurt put the Wolverines up 19-13. The Huskies kept scrapping and pulled within two points four times before Wakefield finally put it away with a kill by Mack ending it at 25-22.
Jordan Glass had 13 digs for the winners. Brown led Hough with 10 kills and senior libero Maddie Lippy had 12 digs for the Huskies.
Both schools were making their initial appearances in the NCHSAA volleyball championships. Wakefield finished the season with a record of 25-2 while Hough posted a 32-2 slate.