Enka volleyball coach Jennifer Kruk continues to be amazed with her team's cohesion.
The Sugar Jets (25-1) extended their deepest run in the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs since 2007 with Saturday's 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 28-26, 25-21) win at West Henderson.
Kyara Porche led the Mountain Athletic Conference champions with 17 kills and 11 digs.
Taylor Sauer added 11 kills, 10 blocks and 21 digs. Erin Williams contributed six kills and 12 blocks, while Sierrah Mueller made nine kills.
Finally, Delaney James dished out 39 assists and Lindsay Austin had 32 digs. James and Sauer have both continued to play through injuries in recent weeks.
"Everyone has really rallied around them and stepped up," Kruk said. "We are like a family. You hear us say it all the time, but it's true."
Saturday's win over West Henderson was the third this season by the Sugar Jets, but the first that did not go five sets.
Enka will host Jesse Carson (32-2) in Tuesday's 3-A Western Regional championship match. A start time has not yet been set by the Sugar Jets.
Four other Western North Carolina teams were involved in fourth-round matches on Saturday.
Roberson (21-8) lost 3-0 at Charlotte Hough in 4-A. Polk County (22-5) swept South Iredell by a 3-0 score in 2-A. And in 1-A, Hendersonville (20-5) beat Rosman, 3-1.
Brevard doubles team wins title
Brevard's team of Emma McLeod and Taylor Snowdon outlasted Katelyn Storey and Anna Flynn of Salisbury, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, on Saturday to win the NCHSAA 2-A doubles championship in Cary.
Blue Devils teammate Hunter Hall lost to Shelby's Nancy Bridges in the 2-A singles final, 6-1, 6-2.
Asheville High's Alix Theodossiou (18-1) suffered her first singles loss in Saturday morning's 3-A semifinals. She fell to McMichael's Masey DeMoss, 6-1, 0-6, 6-2.
DeMoss went on to win the state title.
4 WNC runners win regional titles
Four WNC runners and one team (the Asheville boys) brought home titles from Saturday's regional-championship cross country meets.
The individual girls winners were Roberson's Brooke Gordon (4-A, 18:09) and Tuscola's Brooke Turner (19:50). On the boys side, Hayesville's Dylan Johnson (16:24) and East Henderson's Tanis Baldwin (16:27) won.
The Cougars (94 points) edged out Franklin to bring home the team title from the 3-A meet in Morganton. Their top runner was Andrew Vernon-Young (10th place, 17:20).