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Kinston wins area title

Kinston's Emily Mock kills the ball during the area tournament Monday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

KINSTON — The third-ranked Kinston Lady Bulldogs swept the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles 3-0 in the Class 1A, Area 2 title game Monday afternoon.

Kinston (25-15) won 25-15, 25-18, 25-13.

“They’re really good,” PHS coach Jerry Davis said about Kinston. “We’re competing a little bit. We’ve gotten better.”

This Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will host the Class 1A South Regional “A” Tournament, where Pleasant Home will start against Holy Spirit at 11:15 a.m.

Davis said from now on, his girls are going to “deserve” to win.

“Everybody from here on out are going to be some pretty good folks,” he said. “We’ve played some good people. We’ve played the Enterprises, the Kinstons, we’ve seen it.

“We’re getting better everytime we go out,” he said. “We’re a high-class JV team right now. We’ve come a long way. I’m proud of them, and at least we’re still playing.”

Earlier in the tournament, the Lady Eagles (13-11) knocked Florala out of the race. That win gave PHS the right to play in the regional tournament.

Pleasant Home defeated the Lady Wildcats 25-4, 25-8, 25-11.

Kinston 3, Pleasant Home 0

Kinston’s Agee Evans hit six aces and had 10 assists to help lead her team to the area title over Pleasant Home.

Sara Mock contributed with 11 kills, three aces, five assists, seven digs and one block; Emily Mock had four aces and seven kills; Marika Whitehurst has seven kills and one block; Macie Sanders had 16 digs and Ashley Snell had two blocks.

Kinston will face the Class 1A, Area 4 runner-up in its first match Saturday at 10 a.m.

Pleasant Home 3, Florala 0

Pleasant Home set the tone against its county rival Monday afternoon finishing the first game with an ace.

In the subsequent games, the Lady Eagles stepped up on defense, only allowing eight points in the second and 11 in the third.

Florala ended its first season without a win.

“We’ve improved every game,” FHS coach Joea McNeill said. “I’m proud of the girls — they did a good job. I’m looking forward to having a better year next year. I’m just proud of them.”