Lee County wins CFVC volleyball banner
In the first Lady Yellow Jacket season in the Cape Fear Valley Conference, Lee County won the CFVC season championship on the last night of the regular season versus county-rival Southern Lee Thursday night. The Lady Jackets swept the Lady Cavaliers, 25-19, 25-10, 25-20.
Lee County head coach Cindy Kelly has said, "putting a banner up," was the team's goal throughout the offseason, preseason and season. Following a loss to Terry Sanford in early September, the Lady Jackets (14-4, 10-2) won seven of their last eight conference matches to win sole possession of the championship.
Thursday evening's match was also the annual Dig Hope match between Lee County and Southern Lee. As part of Lee County's homecoming week festivities, the match raised donations and awareness to fight breast cancer, attracting a big crowd to what was already an important match.
"We had a great crowd for the Dig Hope game, lots of community support," said Kelly. "Special thanks to the Lee County High students and staff who were in attendance for their support."
The Lady Jackets rose to the occasion to clinch the championship. Lee County went 7-17 overall and 3-13 in the Tri-Nine last season, their last season in 4A and the Tri-Nine Conference.
"We played an almost flawless game, served well, passed well, hit well," Kelly said.
"Our offense was firing on all cylinders and our defense was where they needed to be when they needed to be there. Our front row blockers controlled the net most of the game," she said.
Meggan Rose led the Lady Jacket hitters with 10 kills. Emily Stanley had eight kills and six aces while Chandler Patterson had seven kills and six aces. Setter Clay Fowler had 18 assists and four aces.
Lee County, as the top seed, will host the Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament Monday-Wednesday. The Lady Jackets have a bye through the first round.
Monday's first round will be No. 2 Terry Sanford vs. No. 7 Westover, No. 3 Union Pines vs. No. 6 Douglas Byrd and No. 4 Southern Lee (9-6, 7-5) vs. No. 5 Gray's Creek.