FIFTH SET GOES TO SOUTH GRANVILLE TO WIN NCHSAA 2-A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
RALEIGH — It went down to the fifth and decisive set in the final match of the night, and South Granville outlasted Wheatmore to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A volleyball championship at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Wheatmore had jumped in front with a 25-20 victory in the first set, but South Granville evened it up with a 25-20 victory. South added a 25-19 victory in set three, although the Vikings had a sizable lead before Wheatmore made a run, and then Wheatmore evened it with a 25-21 triumph but after an eight-point lead had evaporated.
In the fifth set, it was back and forth. South held a 10-8 advantage when Wheatmore called timeout, and then the Warriors came back to tie. But several dramatic kills gave South a 14-11 lead and the Vikings held on to win, 15-12.
Megan Fuhr of South Granville had 20 kills and 17 digs and was named the championship Most Valuable Player. Outside hitter Jenna Pitzer added 17 kills for the winners and Cydney Scott had several key plays among her 20 digs. Macy Eidenburger led Wheatmore with 21 kills and 15 digs.
South Granville ended the season with a 26-match winning streak and the Vikings finished the year at 29-3 overall. South was in the finals for the third time in the last four years, with runner-up finishes in 2012 and ’14.
Wheatmore, a relatively new school in just its seventh year, made its second trip to the finals after falling to Hendersonville in the 2013 2-A final. The Warriors wound up 25-2.