PCA update: playoffs ahead for fall sports

Published 7:40 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Tennis: PCA finished third in the Tar Heel Independent Conference tournament at Chowan University Monday. Kaitlyn Williamson won the #3 singles flight championship, while the Pungo #1 and #2 doubles teams finished second. Williamson becomes the first tennis player in school history to win a flight championship and was named All-Conference along with fellow seniors Katie Baxter and Melanie Rutledge. Rutledge was All-Conference last year as well. PCA is 6 – 6 overall and will play in next week’s NCISAA State Tournament with brackets being released Sunday.

Soccer: Maddox Lee, Brandon Tooley, Austin Garrish and Bo Spencer were recognized before the game against Christ Covenant School of Winterville as a part of Senior Day festivities. The Raiders came out firing with five shots on goal in the first five minutes. Luke Rouse scored his first goal from a midfield clearance. Pungo extended the lead to 2 – 0 midway through the second half when Maddox Lee scored from just outside the goalie box. Christ Covenant added a goal minutes later, but missed the equalizer on a penalty kick that missed wide right. PCA held on for a 2-1 victory.

Monday, the Raiders blasted Albemarle School 9-0 at Ridgecroft School in the TIC tournament semi-finals. Bruce Taylor scored a career-high five goals, Maddox Lee added three and keeper Bo Spencer scored another to seal the Raider victory. PCA played the host school Wednesday in the championship match. The Raiders are a projected fourth seed for next week’s state tournament. Brackets will be out Sunday.

Volleyball: The Raiders used a fourth set comeback to defeat Lawrence Academy in the final regular season match. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth set, PCA rallied from an eight point deficit to win 25-23, then won the match with a 15-9 victory in the fifth set. Allison Sawyer had 19 kills, Autumn Gibbs had 15 and Alden Taylor added 12. Gibbs and Taylor combined for 53 digs in the match and Anna Stoop set a school record with 45 assists. The Raider have to defeat Lawrence Academy again if they play in their eighth consecutive TIC Championship game. The teams square off Wednesday at Ridgecroft School at 5 p.m. The championship game is Thursday at 5 p.m. at Ridgecroft School.

The state playoffs start next week. PCA is a projected third seed and brackets will be released Sunday.

Football: Pungo picked up its first win over Northeast Academy since resuming the program in 2018, with a 24-12 victory Friday. The Raiders were up 12 – 0 in a flash after Quay Artis rushed for two 1st quarter touchdowns and the Raider defense forced two three-and-outs. The Eagles responded in the second, scoring twice and limiting the Raider offense to just 35 yards. After a scoreless third quarter, the Raiders struck paydirt twice in the fourth, as Artis scored on runs of 40 and 45 yards to ice the win. He finished with 260 yards on 11 carries with all four touchdowns. McKinney Waters led the defense with 15 tackles, two for loss. PCA travels to Halifax Academy Friday for a crucial conference matchup. The Raiders must win to keep their conference championship and state playoff hopes alive.