The North Lincoln Lady Knights varsity volleyball team closed out the regular season with a grudge match against Lake Norman Charter in the finals of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament on Wednesday.
Lake Norman Charter won both of the teams’ regular-season meetings in five sets, but North Lincoln avenged those losses and pulled ahead for a 3-1 win to take the SPC tournament crown.
“I think my girls had the desire to finish the season as strong as they wanted to,” North Lincoln head coach Lynn Rhyne said.
“They came out and they were ready to play. We just happened to end up on top this time.”
Rhyne said the win gives the Knights plenty of momentum headed into Saturday’s first-round playoff matchup with Pisgah High School.
“They’re peaking when they need to be and playing together really strong,” she said.
“This is going to give them that extra little boost to start playoffs. We’re going to have to take it one game at a time. You know when playoff time comes you’re going to be playing the best of the best. I think these girls have the potential to go far, but they’re going to have to play like they did last night. They’re going to have to work together.”
North Lincoln graduated six seniors from last year’s SPC runner-up team. The Lady Knights have three returning starters on this year’s team.
“We’ve been blessed with athletes,” Rhyne said.
“We’ve had a lot of young ladies that can play a variety of sports and they’re very successful at it. We’ve had girls that want to play, they do a good job and they work together as a team.”
The Lady Knights finished the regular season with a 19-4 overall record. North Lincoln fell to Bunker Hill and North Gaston, in addition to their two conference losses to Lake Norman Charter.