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Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball learns tourney foe

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball learns tourney foe

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team has been seeded 10th in next week’s NJCAA Division II national tournament, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The Red Hawks (33-9) will face seventh-seeded Grand Rapids Community College in the first round. The Warriors (29-6) were the Region XII/District F champions this season. This will be the first playoff meeting between the two schools since the 2013-14 season, which Grand Rapids won in five sets. CVCC also saw the Warriors earlier this season at the Owens Express Invitational.

“We’ve played them in the past, and we did see them this year,” CVCC coach Shannon Hudson said via the release. “It’s definitely something that we’re going to dig into and find out a little bit more about. It should be great competition for sure.”

The Red Hawks begin their tournament run Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in Charleston, W.Va. The winner of that match will likely face Parkland College, a three-time national champion.

“We are definitely going to try to get past that first game first,” Hudson said via the release. “Yeah, we will look ahead as a coaching staff especially and prepare for our next matches, but for the team we’re going to focus on playing our game and doing our best. That’s all we can expect them to do at this point.”

L-R’s Jones earns SAC Elite 20 award

Lenoir-Rhyne cross-country runner Peyton Jones has received the Elite 20 Award from the South Atlantic Conference, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

This award honors the student-athlete with the highest grade point average across the league’s 20 championship sports. Jones, a junior from Advance, has a 3.97 GPA while majoring in psychology and minoring in business. He becomes the Bears’ second straight recipient of this award, following junior teammate Joshua Adkins.

L-R volleyball 9th in regional ranking

The Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball team remains in the ninth spot in the latest NCAA Southeast Regional rankings, according to a press release from the South Atlantic Conference.

The Bears (17-11) have lost their past four matches, including a 3-0 defeat at Carson-Newman on Tuesday in the SAC quarterfinals. Taylor Prall had eight kills and 12 digs in the 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 defeat.

The bracket for the NCAA Division II postseason tournament will be announced Sunday at 10 p.m.


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