New leader in NENC volleyball?

Perquimans’ four-set win at Currituck on Wednesday, combined with earning a victory in three at Northeastern, has the 1A Lady Pirates rolling in the early stages on the season. That’s two relatively easy Ws against the best in the 2A Northeastern Coastal Conference. It certainly doesn’t seem like Perquimans has missed a beat despite the graduation of two-time Area Player of the Year Amber Stallings.

With the Lady Eagles still a tough bunch but young this fall, the Lady Pirates are no doubt the team to beat.

Credit coach Kristie Thach, superb freshmen in Cayce Copley and Samantha Midgett and a senior core in hitter Kele Younger, setter Taylor Chappell, libero Kelly Purser and hitter Chelsea Worley for keeping things on pace for another Coastal 10 Conference title and extended playoff run.

Then again, there’s always one team gunning for that crown: Camden. The two have shared it the past two seasons with the Lady Pirates winning the rubber match that hands them the better postseason seed. The rivals face off Tuesday in Hertford, and the atmosphere is always great.

Perquimans has a history of reaching the big stage with former coach and NCHSAA Hall of Famer Carolyn Rogers (10 conference titles, two 1A state final appearances). Safe to say one of her former players has kept the tradition moving forward.

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