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Pender wins 1-A state title in volleyball

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PENDER BEATS ROSMAN TO CAPTURE 1-A CHAMPIONSIHP RALEIGH - Junior outside hitter Jenna Baranowski had 23 kills and three service aces, winning the MVP award to power Pender past Rosman for the 1-A championship. Pender took the match 3-1, winning 25-18, 17-25, 25-22 and 25-20. Pender, which also got 16 kills and 11 digs from Haley Lanier, won its first state volleyball crown under veteran head coach Ray Horton in its fifth trip to the championship match. Pender was the runner-up in both 2006 and '08. Joanna Whitmire led the way for Rosman, 31-2, with 17 kills while Leah Kilpatrick recorded 17 digs. Rosman was in the championship match for the first time since winning a title in 2002. NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2009 STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Reynolds Coliseum, N.C.State, Raleigh 1-A CHAMPIONSHIP Pender def. Rosman 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-20