PREP ROUNDUP: UCA wins PAC Tournament in volleyball; Providence Grove runners claim titles

UCA Madi Duvall reaches for the tournament trophy after defeating SWR 3-2 in the PAC-7 Volleyball Championship match at Southwestern Randolph in Asheboro, on October 20, 2021. (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)

Third-seeded Uwharrie Charter Academy upset top-seeded Southwestern Randolph to win the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament for volleyball Wednesday night.

The Eagles won 24-26, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13,15-13 against the host school.

UCA swept Trinity and Randleman earlier in the week to reach the final.

Southwestern Randolph, which swept Wheatmore in the semifinals after a first-round bye, had been undefeated in PAC play. The Cougars received 29 kills and nine digs from Payton Shiflet, 22 digs from Coley Shiflet and 19 digs from Carleigh Whitson. Raegan LeRoy added 39 assists and 17 digs.

UCA (17-5) heads to the Class 2-A state playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the West Region and a date Saturday night against Andrews (5-10).

In Class 2-A, Southwestern Randolph (22-5) is the West Region’s No. 2 seed with a matchup at 11 a.m. Saturday against Forbush (6-13).

Also, No. 13 seed Randleman (18-6) is home against Pine Lake Prep (12-8) at 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 24 seed Providence Grove (12-10) goes to No. 9 seed Maiden (17-8), No. 25 seed Wheatmore (9-12) visits No. 8 seed West Davidson (18-8) and No. 26 seed Trinity (10-12) heads to No. 7 seed West Stanly (22-4).

Providence Grove teams win PAC cross country crowns

Providence Grove won both the boys’ and girls’ titles in Wednesday’s Piedmont Athletic Conference championships on the Wheatmore course.

Providence Grove’s boys posted 22 points for a sizable edge on runner-up Uwharrie Charter Academy’s 52.

The individual champion was Zach Hazelwood of Wheatmore. The sophomore ran the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 39 seconds. That was good for a 19-second edge on Providence Grove’s Evan Meadows.

Providence Grove’s Robert Burton was third in 20:20 and Wheatmore’s Hayden Yates placed fourth in 20:37.

For the girls, Providence Grove had 23, with Wheatmore in second with 44.

The girls’ winner was freshman Jazmin Palma of UCA in 24:13.

She was followed by the Providence Grove trio of sophomores Mia Browder (24:27), Caroline DuVall (25:22) and Sarah Majors (25:51).

Girls’ golf

Asheboro’s Salem Lee claimed third place Tuesday in the Class 3-A Central Regional with a 4-over par 76 at Greensboro National Golf Club.

The top two were High Point Central’s Emma Niebauer (72) and Eastern Alamance’s Emily Mathews (74).

Addison Allen of Asheboro was 27th with 109.

Lee advances to the Class 3-A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Foxfire Resort’s Grey Course

In the Class 1-A / 2-A Central Regional, Caroline Wright of Providence Grove placed second by shooting 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday at Monroe Country Club.

Wright finished two shots behind Katelyn Griggs of Gray Stone Day School. Paulina Palmer of Randleman was eighth with 88.

Wright and Palmer are among area golfers qualifying for the Class 1-A/2-A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines. Others from the regional to advance include Morgan Heilig (13th, 95) of Providence Grove, Lexi Auman (17th, 100) of Southwestern Randolph and Lindsey Auman (tied for 22nd, 103) for fourth-place Southwestern Randolph.

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