Wildcats Dig Pink

Painting a pretty picture, members of the Lake Norman High School volleyball program are all primarily pinked-out after the Lady Wildcats’ annual “Dig Pink” celebration generated $1,800 in support of the Carolina Breast Friends charity organization. 

The wins, both on the court as well as off, keep right on piling up for Lake Norman’s girls volleyball team.

The Lady Wildcats headed into an unexpected but nonetheless warranted late-season break in the schedule after extending their I-Meck Conference winning ways to cover a double-digit total when also bagging yet another home-and-home season series sweep.

Doing so in rapid-fire fashion against league member Hopewell High, Lake Norman collected mirror-image match triumphs by identical 3-1 verdicts in sets to stretch the season’s longest win spree opposite common conference counterparts to an even 10.

The pair of outcomes posted on back-to-back play dates, used to also complete the series that was initially delayed in its scheduled start from last month, enables the Lady Wildcats to improve to the 17-6 level for the season overall. Included in that standard is an 11-2 ledger to show for all such showings taking place against fellow I-Meck foes.

Both records place the Lady Wildcats second among all circuit entries and are assured of staying in place entering this week. That is the case as, for the second time in a month, play within the league’s volleyball schedule was interrupted by the arrival of a strong weather system. This time, effects from Hurricane Michael caused the delay. As a result, Lake Norman’s final regular-season match on tap to take place against North Mecklenburg was postponed. It remains to be seen whether the match will take place.

That is the case as the I-Meck’s postseason volleyball tournament is tentatively on track to get underway beginning on Monday. It’s possible that delays from late in the past week’s scheduled finales for all I-Meck teams could be reset and push the league’s tournament back a few days as well.

For Lake Norman, it welcomes a return to the court whenever that can be made courtesy of its current roll that has also seen the entry emerge on the winning end of match matters in all but one of their last 14 appearances overall dating back to early September.

Enhancing the current time frame, it was also recently revealed that the Lady Wildcats’ annual “Dig Pink” volleyball match generated a total of $1,800 in proceeds that will in turn be donated to benefit the Carolina Breast Friends organization. The squad raised funds for the charity through match entry fees, a silent auction, additional games and a bake sale.

All of the earnings will be used to support the charity that brings awareness to local women and men battling breast cancer. A number of locals businesses also provided additional support as well.

As far as action out on the court, Lake Norman continued to take care of business at hand.

In the opening match against Hopewell, the Lady Wildcats prevailed in game-by-game scores of 28-18, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-13.

The victors’ Makenzie Taylor topped the charts with 17 net kills worth a team point apiece to coincide with her 10 digs and five service aces. Ava Arriviello pitched in with 14 digs, while Delaney O’Tuel handed out 20 assists. Caroline Cutler and Peyton Harvey registered a trio of blocks apiece.

In the series finale against the same Lady Titans, Lake Norman bounced back from a 29-31 loss in the first set of the affair to rattle off wins by scores of 25-6, 25-19 and 26-24 to polish off the best-of-five comeback.

Arriviello unloaded 14 kills, while Taylor chimed in with 13 of the same. O’Tuel stayed active dishing out 23 assists and also accounted for eight service aces. Chasidy Sharpe accumulated 13 digs.

With the finale against North Meck pending in regards to a possible make-up date, Lake Norman is on track to help form the field for the single-elimination I-Meck tournament tabled to take place at Hopewell through most of the week.

Lake Norman will then await word of any anticipated pending postseason positioning for that phase of play that is slated to get underway later this month.

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