Tri-W area Southern Carolina Conference All-Conference volleyball selections

The Marvin Ridge High girls' volleyball team finished with a 28-2 record.

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Marvin Ridge High placed five players on the 2017 Southern Carolina Conference All-Conference Volleyball team and a player also made the All-Regional team.

Marvin Ridge volleyball players Carly Owens, Caitlyn Kiker, Adriana Jordan, Noelle Soldo, Maggie Young all were named to the All-Conference Team. Owens also was named to the All-Regional Team.

Marvin Ridge finished the season with a 28-2 record and they shared the Southern Carolina Conference regular season championship with a 13-1 record. Marvin Ridge, which opened the season with 21-straight wins, lost to eventual Class 3A state champion North Iredell in the semifinals of the state tournament.

Owens has signed with the University of South Carolina to play beach volleyball. Owens played on the MRHS varsity volleyball team since her freshman year and received her 1,000th career kill this past season. Owens finished the season with 395 kills, 67 aces, 24 blocks and 273 digs.

Soldo signed with Western Carolina University to play volleyball. Soldo has played volleyball since sixth grade and played alongside Owens on the MRHS varsity volleyball team for four years. Soldo recorded her 1,000th career dig this season. Soldo finished this past season with 12 kills, 46 aces, and a team-leading 344 digs.

Kiker, who is a senior, finished the season with 145 kills and 13 blocks. Jordan, who is a junior, had 59 kills, 47 aces and 179 digs last fall. Young, who is a junior, tallied 154 kills and 15 blocks.

Weddington sophomore Alicia Davis was also named to the Southern Carolina Conference All-Conference team and to the All-Regional Team. Davis had 252 kills, 283 digs, 39 aces and 16 blocks for the Warriors.

Sun Valley High School outside hitter Emiah Burrowes also was named to the SCC All-Conference Team. The junior had 248 kills, 29 aces, 42 blocks and 99 digs.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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