Prep Notes: Randleman pulls volleyball surprise; Asheboro starts strong in soccer league play

RANDLEMAN – Randleman served up a three-set sweep of Southwestern Randolph last week to hand the Cougars their first loss in Piedmont Athletic Conference volleyball.

The Tigers used 17 digs and six kills from Haley Hinshaw, 23 assists and 14 digs from Kenzie Roach and 13 digs and 11 kills from Chloe Dixon. Karli Kennington supplied 29 digs.

It was the first PAC loss of the season for the Cougars.

Kenzie Roach of Randleman sets the ball as teammate Mollie Hall looks on during last week’s match against Southwestern Randolph. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

That result came as part of a challenging week for Southwestern Randolph, which is the reigning Class 2-A state champion. It began with a non-league loss at McMichael in a rematch of a 2021 match in the state playoffs. The Cougars recovered the next night to beat visiting Trinity in a PAC match before the rare league loss that came in their third match in as many nights.

The outcome gave Randleman a six-match winning streak and avenged a four-set loss on the road in early September. The Tigers moved within one match of first-place Southwestern Randolph in the PAC.

Earlier in the week, Randleman topped Wheatmore 27-29, 26-24, 25-11, 25-18 with Roach logging 24 assists and 19 digs and Camryn Vickery providing 17 assists to go with Camden Scott’s 12 kills and Dixon’s 11 kills and 23 digs.

Boys’ soccer

Asheboro started strong in Mid-Piedmont Conference play by defeating Oak Grove 4-0 and Central Davidson 5-1.

Cristian Ortiz scored three goals in the Central Davidson game after posting two goals in the Oak Grove game.

The Blue Comets entered this week with a 12-1 record. They’ve been rated as the top-ranked Class 3-A team in the state.

By Randolph Record