Volleyball battle emerges between Perquimans and Cape Hatteras

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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Cape Hatteras Secondary’s volleyball team tangled with Perquimans Thursday, August 19 in Buxton. Perquimans, a 2021 final four state championship team, won in three sets, 25-16, 25-20, and 28-26.

In the first set, the Perquimans varsity team grabbed an early lead. Ellie Jackson, serving last in the first rotation, reeled off six points to push Perquimans ahead 21-10 and seize early momentum.

In the second set, Cape Hatteras was ahead of Perquimans 10-6 at the end of the first service round. When the score was 14-12, Perquimans senior Kayleigh Nixon started serving. She served five straight points to propel Perquimans into an 18-14 lead. Cape Hatteras closed the gap to one; Perquimans stretched the lead to three; Cape Hatteras closed to two. Serving the last three points for the Perquimans win was Tori Williamson.

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The third set was a real battle. Cape Hatteras tied the score nine times, Perquimans once.


Starters for the Perquimans varsity volleyball team on Aug. 19 at Cape Hatteras Secondary featured, from left, Ellie Jackson, Eby Schaff, Kayleigh Nixon, Ariana Salupo, Tori Williamson and Maddie Chaulk. Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy photo

Down 22-16, Lilly Ratliff started serving for Cape Hatteras. With great defense backing her up, she continued serving seven times, tying the score at 22 and reaching 24. Perquimans tied at 24 and pushed ahead to 25. Cape Hatteras tied at 25 and again at 26. Williamson gave Perquimans the needed 28th point to capture the set and the match.

Fans for both teams cheered and at the end of the match gave a hearty round of applause for both teams.

Cape Hatteras Secondary plays Aug. 26 against Manteo High School at 4:30 p.m.

On Aug. 26, Pamlico County comes to Perquimans’ gymnasium at 6 p.m. On Aug. 31, Perquimans plays in Currituck with the game starting at 5:30 p.m.

Cape Hatteras Secondary has instituted online ticket purchasing. The address is chs.hometownticketing.com/embed/all. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students.