Volleyball teams meet for first time since alleged racist, sexual comments

Volleyball teams meet for first time since alleged racist, sexual comments

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Two local high school volleyball teams at the center of controversy faced off in a championship match Thursday evening.

The last time they played, students from Lake Norman were accused of yelling racist and sexual comments at players from Mallard Creek.

The match was played at Hough High School in Cornelius.

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One of Mallard Creek’s players told Channel 9 they are still upset and the game shouldn’t have been played.

“It was very stressful. It was an emotional game,” Mallard Creek setter Katherine Pon-Cooper said.

Pon-Cooper told Channel 9 after the conference championship match that “I didn’t even want to see them again.”

Lake Norman defeated Mallard Creek Thursday in a close match.

On Sept. 25, students from Lake Norman High School were accused of yelling racist and sexual remarks at the Mallard Creek volleyball players.

"It's hard to bring up a team when everyone is just feeling angry, scared, sad,” Pon-Cooper said.

Channel 9 obtained video from the match, but much of the language is too offensive to share.

"A lot of us are really frustrated,” Pon-Cooper said. “We feel like they shouldn't be allowed to play because no action was taken."

Upset parents sent letters and video of the comments to superintendents of both school districts.

The head of Iredell-Statesville Schools apologized and said those involved will be disciplined.

Pon-Cooper said she wants to know what disciplinary action was taken.

"They didn't say anything about what that was at all,” she said. “They're still in conference. They're still allowed to play in playoffs and we feel like that's not fair."

The Iredell-Statesville superintendent has required sportsmanship training for students and training for coaches and school administrators.

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