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Gaston Day, Gaston Christian playoff opponents revealed. Who stands in their way of a state championship?

The Gaston Gazette 10/19/2020 Joe Hughes
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Gaston Day School hosted Northside Christian Academy in volleyball Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2020, at Gaston Day School. [Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette] © Provided by The Gaston Gazette Gaston Day School hosted Northside Christian Academy in volleyball Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2020, at Gaston Day School. [Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette]

Many contributors from runs to consecutive NCISAA 2A state title games may be gone, but the standard remains the same for the Gaston Day volleyball team.

"We're trying to play to a standard, no matter what the score is," said Gaston Day volleyball coach Derek Bing. "It's such a fun team. We lost key pieces to graduation, some pieces to transfer. But this is the most unified team that I've ever had.

"They are all about ball control and playing together. They are just on a mission to prove they (can win a state championship) even after all the pieces we lost."

Yet to cede a set through eight matches this season, the Spartans enter the NCISAA Class 2A volleyball playoffs as a No. 2 seed. Earning a first round bye, they will take on either Westchester Country Day or No. 7 Northside Christian on Thursday.

Gaston Christian is ranked No. 3 to start the NCISAA Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. Finishing 9-1 on the season, the Eagles begin their postseason journey Tuesday with a visit from Forsyth Country Day (5-4). Play begins at 5:30 p.m.

Should Gaston Christian be victorious, it could face No. 2 Concord Academy on Friday in second round competition. It would be the second time in eight days the teams faced off, with the Eagles suffering a 4-1 loss to their conference foe in the NCISAA Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) title game last Thursday.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Gaston Christian boys soccer player Jacob Hoyle dribbles up the pitch during last week’s MAC boys soccer title game against Concord Academy. [STEPHANIE FELTS/Special to the Gazette] © Provided by The Gaston Gazette Gaston Christian boys soccer player Jacob Hoyle dribbles up the pitch during last week’s MAC boys soccer title game against Concord Academy. [STEPHANIE FELTS/Special to the Gazette]

Gaston Day will begin defense of its NCISAA Class 2A boys soccer crown on Thursday, taking on either Westminster Catawba or Caldwell Academy in second round play. The Spartans are 4-2 on the season, their only losses to Carmel Christian and Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) champion Concord Academy.

Should Gaston Day advance, a possible trip to No. 2 Hickory Grove Christian (11-1) looms on Saturday.

After claiming the MAC girls tennis title, Gaston Day is ranked fourth heading into the NCISAA 2A playoffs. The Spartans will host Westchester Country Day on Tuesday in first round play starting at 4 p.m.

A win could put Gaston Day in line to match up with top-seeded Davidson Day in second round competition Friday.

You can reach Joe Hughes at 704-914-8138, email jhughes@gastongazette.com and follow on Twitter @JoeLHughesII.

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