Lady Vanguards Begin Home Play In Close Match With Patrick Henry CC

Friday, September 14, 2018
Evin Swilley (6) sets the ball for her fellow Lady Vanguards in a match against the Patrick Henry Community College Patriots at Aycock Recreation Complex on Aug. 29. VGCC welcomes Central Carolina Community College to Aycock for the next home match on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Vance-Granville Community College’s women’s volleyball team started the 2018 season with a close home match against Patrick Henry Community College on Aug. 29, one of 17 matches on the full schedule.

Seven of the matches are scheduled at the Lady Vanguards’ home site, Aycock Recreation Complex. The Vanguards compete in Region X of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III, which includes a number of community colleges in North Carolina and Virginia.

Future home matches at Aycock include a contest with Central Carolina Community College, on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.; Rockingham Community College, on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m.; and a doubleheader with Wake Technical Community College and Northern Virginia Community College on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. Home games that were scheduled with Sandhills Community College on Sept. 13 and Louisburg College on Sept. 15 are being rescheduled because of Hurricane Florence.

The Region X tournament is slated to begin Saturday, Oct. 20, in Sanford.

In the first home game against the Patrick Henry CC Patriots, the away team had a 3-0 victory over the Lady Vanguards. The first set of the match was a dominant 25-14 win for the Lady Patriots, but the Lady Vanguards put up two competitive matches to round out the night, falling 26-24 and 25-21. In the second match, the Lady Vanguards had built a four-point lead late in the set. In the final set, they had notched a 20-20 tie before the Lady Patriots pulled ahead.

The Lady Vanguards were led by Evin Swilley with 11 kills and five assists, and she led scoring with 11 points. Amber Newton and Kaitlynn Cooper had 17 and 13 digs, respectively.

 In the first contest of season, the Lady Vanguards fell to Wake Tech, 25-7, 25-18 and 25-13, in the away game. Swilley had 11 digs in that match, and Cooper had 12 total attacks. Cooper led scoring with five points.

Jessica Smith of Roxboro is in her second year as head coach of the Lady Vanguards volleyball team.

Click here to see the 2018 Volleyball schedule.

For more information on VGCC athletics, contact Jermiel Hargrove at or (252) 738-3246.