The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program recently announced who its captains for the 2019 season would be, and two of the three hail from Iredell County.
Sophomores Macy Pope (West Iredell H.S.) and Meredith Patterson (North Iredell H.S.) were voted captains by their teammates, as was Bre Myers.
“I think they are going to do a great job of leading the team this year,” CVCC head coach Shannon Hudson said in a prepared statement. “I’m excited about all three captains that we have.”
Pope is the only returning captain after being chosen by her Red Hawk teammates last fall to serve alongside departed sophomores Emily Williams (North Iredell H.S.) and Emilee Webber.
A setter, Pope played in 46 matches last season and 171 sets. She amassed 397 digs, 633 assists and 42 aces.
“I think the girls really saw her last year, and she did a great job of keeping things organized,” Hudson said. “I think she was really a natural choice (for captain). She is in row one, two and three this year as a starting setter. She’s leading on the court as well. I’m really excited about her taking that role again this year.”
Patterson tallied 204 kills with a .225 hitting percentage as a freshman last fall. She also contributed 124 digs and 35 blocks.
“Meredith is one of our leading hitters from last year,” Hudson said. “She’s stepping up to lead this season. I think she’s going to do a great job.”
Other members of the team from Iredell County include freshmen Mackie Allen (North Iredell) and Aasia McNeill (Statesville).
The Red Hawks enter the season ranked fifth among the country’s National Junior College Athletic Association DII schools. Last season they won their eighth district championship and 36 matches, including three victories at the NJCAA National Tournament.
CVCC opens this season Aug. 27 with a home match against Southwest Virginia Community College.
Warriors-Hounds soccer match rescheduled
West Iredell High School rescheduled its boys soccer home opener with Statesville for 6 p.m. Wednesday. It’s the first game of the season for both squads.
The game was postponed Monday due to lightning in the area.
This marks the third straight year the teams have only one scheduled meeting. They tied 2-2 and 1-1 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Statesville won six in row against West Iredell from 2014-16. The Warriors’ last win in the series was a 4-2 victory Oct. 9, 2013. They won both matchups with the Greyhounds that season.
WIHS football picked to finish third in league
West Iredell’s football team is picked to finish third in the Northwestern Foothills Conference this season, according to one poll.
Members of the media that cover NWFC schools chose Hibriten to finish first. The Panthers received nine of 10 first-place votes and 79 points. Fred T. Foard was second. The Tigers received one first-place vote and 62 points.
West Iredell was third at 60 points. Following the Warriors were Patton (51 points), Bunker Hill (41), Draughn (31), East Burke (25) and league newcomer West Caldwell (11).
Foard running back was the preseason pick to be NWFC player of the year. He received six votes. Hibriten quarterback Daren Perry was second with two votes. West Iredell running back Emmanuel Long and East Burke running back Josh Moore were tied for third with one vote apiece.