Matches of the week
In one week, the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association – with the exception of football – begins and end its fall sports playoffs. In volleyball, girls’ team tennis, boys’ soccer and field hockey, the quarterfinals will be Tuesday at the higher seed. The semifinals will be Friday at host venues, and the championships are Saturday at those venues. The girls’ golf championship is Tuesday at Pine Needles Golf Course in Pinehurst, while the cross country championships are Friday at Hagan Stone Park in Pleasant Garden. The volleyball brackets were released over the weekend.
Girls’ golf: 4A East regional at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, 9 a.m.
Boys’ soccer: Apex at Green Hope; Athens Drive at Fuquay-Varina; Cary at Middle Creek; Holly Springs at Panther Creek.
Girls’ tennis: NCHSAA second round of dual-team playoffs: Green Hope at Garner, Panther Creek at Clayton.
Volleyball: NCHSAA second round of playoffs.
Boys’ soccer: Apex at Holly Springs; Cary at Athens Drive; Panther Creek at Green Hope; Middle Creek at Fuquay-Varina.
Volleyball: NCHSAA third round of playoffs.
Girls’ tennis: NCHSAA individual state championships, day one, at TBA.
Cross country: NCHSAA regionals, 4A Mideast at WakeMed Park, 10 a.m.
Girls’ tennis: NCHSAA individual state championships, day two, TBA.
Volleyball: NCHSAA fourth round of playoffs.
Boys’ soccer games start at 6:30 p.m.
|1. Green Hope||11||1||0||16||1||0|
|3. Holly Springs||7||4||1||11||5||3|
|5. Middle Creek||4||7||1||8||9||1|
|6. Athens Drive||4||8||0||8||10||3|
|7. Panther Creek||4||8||0||7||9||2|
Volleyball (after regular season)
|T2. Holly Springs||10||4||16||4|
|4. Athens Drive||8||6||12||9|
|T5. Panther Creek||5||9||7||10|
|T5. Green Hope||5||9||8||13|
|T5. Middle Creek||5||9||10||15|
*Volleyball standings show tied teams in order of their tiebreaker.
• Apex’s loss in the regular season finale to Holly Springs ensured there was no undefeated SWAC volleyball team this year.
• Green Hope girls’ tennis edged New Hanover 6-3 in the first round of the dual-team playoffs, while Panther Creek had no trouble with Person County, winning 9-0. In 3A, Cardinal Gibbons advanced with a 7-1 win against Wilson Hunt and will travel to undefeated Eastern Wayne on Tuesday.
• Cardinal Gibbons girls’ golf won the Carolina Central Conference – a league that includes Durham and Chapel Hill area schools who play the sport. The 3A Central regional will be Monday at Meadowlands Golf Club in Winston-Salem.
• Cardinal Gibbons girls’ cross country claimed the Big Eight Conference title, while the boys were runners-up to Chapel Hill. The 3A Mideast regional is Saturday at Hagan Stone Park.