Athlete of the Week: Saints, Bowers seek a second shot

The one-year anniversary of Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach volleyball team’s march to the SCISA Class A title match is approaching, but the date is still fresh on junior Rebekah Bowers’ mind.

The Lady Saints’ captain and dominating outside hitter was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for keeping her team on pace to return to the state final, but this time she plans to finish the job.

“It was great for us just to get there. Our (program) had never been to the state championship before so it was exciting, but it was sad to lose,” she said. “We only lost one senior from last year so we knew we were going to have another chance, but it definitely motivated us to go back and win it.”

The Lady Saints seem (14-4 overall, 11-0 region) to be peaking at the right time heading into next week’s playoffs. They have already clinched the region title and top seed and they won their seventh straight game Monday with a 3-0 sweep over Faith Christian, winning 25-10, 25-17, 25-7.

Bowers once again led the way for CAMB, recording seven kills and six aces. That brings her yearly total to 166 kills and 49 aces, making her an imposing threat on both the front and back lines. But there’s much more to her game than her resounding spikes and scorching serves.

“Rebekah is a big part of our success,” CAMB coach Alex Sing said. “Most people notice the big things she does like hitting, but she means much more than that to the team. Her passing and defense is what takes our team to a higher level. Our team feeds off of her play. A great young lady on and off the court.”

Coincidentally, Sing runs the local Grand Strand Juniors Volleyball program. Not coincidentally, Bowers credits her and her high school team’s success to their year-round involvement in volleyball in the program. Many of her high school teammates also compete on her GS Juniors squad.

“That’s probably the biggest reason we’ve got such a good team,” Bowers said. “I also play basketball and soccer for the school, but volleyball is No. 1 and some of us have been playing together since middle school. Now it seems like we’re playing our best going into the playoffs.”

CAMB has another good reason for confidence as the postseason approaches. Last year’s painful state championship loss came to Cathedral Academy. The Lady Saints swept a pair of rematches this season and hope to make it a three-peat if they meet again in the finals.

“Both of them were really good games and they have a good team, but we really wanted to prove to ourselves that we could beat them,” Bowers said. “I think it showed us that when we play well we can win it all, and that’s our goal.”

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

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