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High School Sports

Leesville takes first loss in state final

Published: 2012-11-03 22:08:00
Updated: 2012-11-04 01:55:41

Nov 4, 2012

Senior outside hitter Rachel Eppley sparked Charlotte Ardrey Kell to a sweep of previously unbeaten Raleigh Leesville Road to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A volleyball championship on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum on the N.C. State campus.

Slideshow     4-A Volleyball: Leesville Road vs. Ardrey Kell (Nov. 3, 2012) 4-A Volleyball: Leesville Road vs. Ardrey Kell (Nov. 3, 2012)

Eppley, who will continue her volleyball career on that same Reynolds Coliseum floor for N.C. State, was selected as the championship Most Valuable Player as Kell won the title by scores of 29-27, 25-22 and 25-17.

Eppley led the Knights with eight kills and 25 digs.

Senior outside hitter Sasha Karelov had an excellent match for Leesville with 13 kills and 22 digs.

Ardrey Kell, which was the state runner-up in 2009, won its first NCHSAA state volleyball title in the school's seventh year of existence. The Huskies capped a 31-1 season under veteran head coach Zoe Bell.

Leesville Road had entered the championship with a perfect 27-0 mark.

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