High School Sports

Former champs Providence and Greenville Rose get set for N.C. volleyball title battle

Providence (26-2) will play Greenville Rose (25-1) in the N.C. 4A volleyball finals Saturday at noon at N.C. State. Providence is making its eighth championship appearance, led by SoMeck 8 player of the year Becky Porter. Rose is in the finals for the third time, winning championships in 2008 and 2009.

Providence is in the finals for the first time since 2011, when it beat Wilmington Hoggard. The Panthers have won five previous championships.

Myers Park in NCHSAA tennis finals

The 25th annual NCHSAA girl dual team finals were moved indoors due to forecasts for inclement weather. They were originally scheduled for the Burlington Tennis Center.

Two Observer-area teams are in the finals. In 4A, Myers Park (16-0) faces Cary Panther Creek (20-0) at noon at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center. Myers Park makes its eighth appearance in the state finals, but it is 1-6 in the championship round. Myers Park won its lone title in 2008.

In 2A, Mecklenburg County’s Lake Norman Charter (16-0) faces Durham N.C. School of Science and Math (12-0) at N.C. State. That match will start after a 1A championship between Durham’s Voyager Academy and Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness ends. That match begins at 9:30 a.m.

Lake Norman Charter is in the finals for the first time and beat state power Salisbury in the regionals. Lake Norman Charter’s Hannah Archer and Olivia Archer won the N.C. 2A doubles individual title last weekend.

NCHSAA cross-country finals Saturday

The NCHSAA cross-country boys and girls finals at Saturday at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville. The 3A boys start at 10 a.m., followed by 2A boys, 3A girls and 2A girls in 30-minute intervals. At 3 p.m., the 4A boys race, followed by 1A boys, 4A girls and 1A girls. The final race is set to start at 4:30 p.m.