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Prep Volleyball Roundup: Providence, three area 3A teams reach NCHSAA Elite 8

Providence's Ashley Cruise (18) had a team-high 17 kills in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Mallard Creek that sent Providence to the Elite 8
Providence's Ashley Cruise (18) had a team-high 17 kills in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Mallard Creek that sent Providence to the Elite 8 dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Providence High’s volleyball team is going to the Elite 8.

The Panthers beat Mallard Creek 3-1 Saturday afternoon to advance to Tuesday’s state quarterfinal at Watauga. Watauga beat Greensboro Grimsley 3-0. Providence is the only Mecklenburg County team remaining in the 4A playoffs.

Providence got 17 kills from Ashley Cruise and 15 from Carly Peck, winning 28-26, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-15.

Annie Leonard had eight kills, Emily Konchan 39 assists and Macy Henry 18 digs for the Panthers.

▪ In 3A, three Observer-area teams are in the Elite 8. Nationally ranked Cox Mill beat Hickory 3-1 and will play host to North Iredell in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round. North Iredell beat Hickory Ridge 3-0. Also, Marvin Ridge advanced, beating North Lincoln 3-0. Marvin Ridge will play at West Henderson Tuesday.

▪ In 2A, Lake Norman Charter advanced to the Elite 8 with a 3-2 win over Providence Grove. Lake Norman Charter will play at Maiden in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

▪ And in the 1A playoffs, Community School of Davidson beat East Surry 3-1 Saturday to advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinal at South Stanly.

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