Volleyball

D.H. Conley ends Broughton's playoff run in quarterfinals

Posted November 1, 2016

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— D.H. Conley held off Broughton in the quarterfinal round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state volleyball playoffs, 3-2 (25-20, 10-25, 25-24, 18-25, 15-13), Tuesday evening in Greenville.

The Capitals bested Hoke County (3-0), Panther Creek (3-1) and defending NCHSAA 4-A Champion Cardinal Gibbons (3-2) to reach the quarterfinals.

“I love them; they’ve got a lot of heart,” said Broughton head coach Jim Freeman. “Both teams showed great toughness. It was a great match, and a great environment.”

The Vikings and Capitals traded victories in the first four sets in front of the raucous Vikings crowd, setting up the decisive fifth and final set. D.H. Conley had only one prior five-set match this season, on Sept. 1 in a 3-2 win over J.H. Rose.

D.H. Conley jumped out to quick lead in the final set, scoring nine of the first 10 points of the set.

Broughton cut the lead in half at 12-6 and mounted an 8-2 run to trim the Vikings’ lead 14-13. But it wouldn’t be enough, as the Capitals ultimately allowed the ball to fall on their side of the court for the final point of the match and set.

“We couldn’t quite squeeze it out,” Freeman said. “That as a tough way to end it, but I’m really proud of my kids.”

The Capitals will lose four seniors – Amber Russell, Jasmin Bradshaw, Jenny McDonnell, and Kalee Vanderhorst – to graduation this year, but the team will return eight rising seniors next season.

“I feel bad for our seniors, because they don’t have next year,” Freeman said. “They have nothing to be ashamed of; they played their guts out. We just didn’t play well enough, long enough.”

The Capitals end their season with a 21-2 overall record and a 13-1 finish in Pac 6 Conference play.

Green Hope (26-1, 15-1 SWAC) defeated Person (22-3, 10-2 Pac 6) Tuesday night in Cary, 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-14), and will take on D.H. Conley (25-0, 12-0 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) in the NCHSAA semifinals on Thursday in Greenville.

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