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This season’s finest: Davidson Day girls’ volleyball scores 7th straight victory

Cierra Huntley, Davidson Day Volleyball
Cierra Huntley, Davidson Day Volleyball April Freidline Photography

Cierra Huntley and Rachel Brown, Davidson Day Volleyball: The Davidson Day duo led Patriots (16-2) to their seventh straight victory in a 3-0 sweep of Salem Baptist on Sept. 14.

Huntley had 10 kills, six digs and two aces in the win, while Brown recorded 26 assists and seven aces in the same match.

Huntley leads Davidson Day with 226 kills, while Brown has a team-best 440 assists this season.

Izzy Evely, Lake Norman Charter Girls’ Cross Country: The Lake Norman Charter senior also ran her personal-best 18:34.20 to finish fifth in the Girls’ Championship race at the Adidas Cross Country Challenge on Sept. 16.

Evely’s time was the No. 5 time run in the state to date this season.

Gavin Mouat, South Iredell Cross Country: The South Iredell senior set a new personal and school-record winning the Printcrafters’ Invitational at MacAnderson Park, running a 16:07 on Sept. 14.

Mouat also beat the field by 37 seconds in his record-breaking run.

Brian Risse, North Lincoln Cross Country: The North Lincoln junior won the Boys’ Invitational race at the Adidas Cross Country Challenge, running a 16:12.20, to beat the field by eight seconds on Sept. 16

Risse is so dedicated to his running regimen, he woke up the next day, Sept. 17, and “had run 13 miles and mowed the lawn before 9 a.m.,” according to North Lincoln cross country coach, Jerry Castro.

Grace Kinsch, East Lincoln Volleyball: The East Lincoln senior libero led the Mustangs to three, South Fork 2A conferences wins last week with 68 total digs in those matches.

Kinsch’s best performance of the week was at Maiden on Sept. 12, where she had 29 digs.

Kinsch had a season-high 52 digs in a 3-2 win over rival, North Lincoln on Sept. 5.

She has 221 digs this season.

Charlotte Latin’s “Serve for the Cure” Volleyball Tournament: Suzie Pignetti was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 1997, and had a mastectomy surgery and rigorous, chemotherapy regimen.

Today, Pignetti, 72, is a breast cancer survivor of more than 20 years.

The disease changed her life and inspired her to help other survivors, and to give back in the constant search for the cure to breast cancer.

While Pignetti was a legendary volleyball coach at Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Butler on the court – amassing 745 career wins, including 29 conference championships and 15 state championships (including nine, state championships in a row at Charlotte Latin 2004-2012) in her 35-year tenure – she’s even more proud of the opportunities volleyball has provided her off the court.

On Sept. 23, 20 volleyball teams from 12 schools will compete in the 16th Annual Serve for the Cure Volleyball Tournament at Charlotte Latin.

To date, the tournament has raised $433,350 for cancer research, including $39,000 last year during the one-day event.

The 12 teams participating include traditional, Charlotte-area powers such as Ardrey Kell, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day, Community School of Davidson, Covenant Day, Gaston Day, Providence Day, Providence and Weddington.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer:


This season’s finest highlights high school athletes with outstanding performances. Information published today includes statistics through Sept. 17. . In most cases, the athletes featured will come from sports that don’t get a lot of recognition. However, the goal is to recognize excellence. If you want to suggest someone to be included in This Season’s Finest column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

Want to go?

The Serve For the Cure tournament will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277. Admission for adults is $5; students and chilren are free. T-shirts cost $15.

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