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LARRY SULLIVAN/MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE

It’s official. These are now the season’s best of times for Lake Norman’s volleyball team.

The Wildcats stretched their season-best winning streak to three straight matches following back-to-back, at-home and then on-the-road triumphs, respectively, over as many different fellow members of their I-Meck Conference ranks.

Lake Norman followed up a straight-set, 3-0 downing past visiting Zebulon Vance that at the time pushed its win spree to a high-water mark of two in succession before betting that by battling back from a first-game loss to defeat Hopewell High, 3-1, in sets.

With the wins, the Wildcats headed back into play owning a 5-7 overall slate that includes a 4-2 mark for show for all such showings taking place against countering circuit foes.

At Hopewell to complete the week’s play and also christen that particular home-and-home season series set, the Wildcats recovered from a 25-21 defeat in the opening game of the best-of-five affair by rattling off wins in a row by scores of 26-24, 25-11 and 28-26, to complete the comeback.

Avery Woodward piled up seven net kills worth a team point apiece, while Ava Arriviello racked up seven service aces. Madison Sawyer blunted three blocks, while Mackenzie Harris stayed active with the handing out of 14 assists.

Earlier, and at home to Vance, LNHS breezed to the shutout in game-by-game scores of 25-7, 25-16 and 25-7.

In anchoring that attack, Sawyer tallied five net kills, while Harris coupled her seven assists alongside nine service aces.

Lake Norman headed back out on the court slated to follow up the hosting of a weekend non-conference tri-match, with results from that affair posted too late to be included in this edition, by staying put at home to entertain cross-county and non-conference rival Statesville Monday.

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