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Top dog Princeton holds off Neuse Charter in their first meeting of the season

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PRINCETON — The Princeton varsity volleyball team has been first or second in the 1-A Carolina Conference for the last decade, but coming into Thursday’s meeting with undefeated Neuse Charter, it seemed as if a changing of the guard could happen. The Cougars were off to the best start in program history and have aspirations of winning the conference for the first time ever.

The Bulldogs came out and asserted their authority and won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-20, 25-9.

“Huge win,” Princeton head coach Paige Renfrow said. “We had a lot of anticipation going into this game today. We do have three loses, but it has built our team to be a stronger team to beat the teams in our conference.”

The Bulldogs are now 9-3 and 5-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs will play travel to Lakewood on Tuesday. Lakewood and Princeton have traded conference titles over the last decade.

For Neuse Charter, the loss is disappointing, but not insurmountable and they will use it as a good learning experience.

“I don’t think we would be prepared for the playoffs if we didn’t take a loss now and find something to work on to strengthen our team,” Neuse Charter head coach Gail Browning said. “We had a couple service errors at the wrong time that we’re going to have to work on.”

The Cougars now sit at 8-1 with a 4-1 record in the conference. Neuse Charter will play Hobbton on Tuesday.

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September 2019