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Three players recorded double-digit kills totals as Newport Central Catholic (17-16) defeated Beechwood (15-9), 22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 in a Region 9 quarterfinal at Ryle on Monday.
Freshman outside hitter Rachel McDonald tallied 15 kills and 19 digs, senior middle hitter Nikki Kiernan rolled up 13 kills and six aces and junior middle hitter Keyiara Lankheit finished with 12 kills and six blocks to pace the Thoroughbreds.
Senior setter Alyssa Maier dished for 40 assists, and senior libero Madison Volk added 12 digs for NewCath, which will play St. Henry in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
RYLE DOWNS DIXIE – Junior outside hitter and setter Ashley Bush rolled up 13 kills and six assists as Ryle (34-4) defeated Dixie Heights (13-25) in a Region 9 quarterfinal.
Senior setter Harper Hempel dished for 24 assists and served for eight aces, and freshman outside hitter Hayley Bush tacked on six kills for the Raiders, who will face NewCath in a semifinal at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
CAMPBELL ADVANCES IN 10TH – Junior libero Haley Cundiff served for nine aces as Campbell County (20-14) defeated Bracken County (22-12), 25-8, 25-10, 25-8 in a Region 10 quarterfinal at Harrison County.
Junior setter Carson Gray earned 24 assists, and senior Dixie Schultz led the Camels in kills with 10.
Campbell County will face Harrison County at 5:45 on Wednesday in a regional semifinal.
SIMON KENTON ROLLS PAST CARROLL – Simon Kenton allowed just 22 points in three games in a 25-7, 25-10, 25-5 win over Carroll County (13-15) in a Region 8 quarterfinal at Simon Kenton.
Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Murray led the Pioneers in kills with seven.
Senior setter Sophie Dunn finished with 30 assists, and junior outside hitter Ellie Smith served for seven aces in the win for Simon Kenton, which will host North Oldham at 6:45 on Wednesday.
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Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag doubled in two in the bottom of the fourth to lift Conner to a win over Scott.
Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
Sophomore Sheldon Preisler won his eighth straight match to open the season as Boone County edged Lloyd, 3-2 on Wednesday.
Sophomore Erin Mogus remained perfect through five matches with her win at third singles as Cooper shut out Covington Latin.
Eighth-grader Curtis Kalbaugh improved to 7-0 on the season with a win at second singles as Ryle shut out St. Henry.
Conner coach Brad Arlinghaus set the school record for coaching wins as his Cougars beat Ryle.
Junior designated hitter Chelcey Broughton singled home two to put Simon Kenton ahead for good in a win over Grant County.
Junior shortstop Jake Whitford singled up the middle to plate the lone run in Highlands’ win over Cincinnati McNicholas.
The second doubles team rallied to win five straight games in the final set but Campbell County fell to Montgomery County, in the first of…
Newport Central Catholic advanced to the All ‘A’ state tournament for the first time since 2011 with wins over Lloyd and St. Henry.