Lady Chiefs suffer difficult season-ending defeat

The North Myrtle Beach volleyball team had a long bus ride home Thursday night after suffering a season-ending loss at Chapin.

The Lady Chiefs were swept 3-0, but held commanding leads in two of those games and couldn’t close them out. The second-round playoff loss will serve as fuel for the Lady Chiefs fire next season.

Chapin scored victories by scores of 25-21, 29-27 and 25-17 to sweep North Myrtle Beach, but the match was closer than the scores indicate.

The Lady Chiefs led 21-16 in the first game but saw Chapin’s Sarah Jefferson serve the final eight unanswered points of the game for a 25-21.

As tough as Game 1 was to swallow, the Lady Chiefs unfolded following the pivotal second game. Noth Myrtle Beach led 21-14 at one point and served for the game-winner three different times only to see Chapin claim the tiebreaker, 29-27.

The difficult near-misses in Games 1 and 2 took their toll on the Lady Chiefs in the third game, in which Chapin closed out the match with a 25-17 victory.

North Myrtle Beach Ellen Johnson had a team-high 10 kills, while Taylor Allman added eight. Marci Chestnut had five kills and Audrey Gray had a team-high five blocks.

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