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

Comments

comments

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continue

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continueAlex Lange fired six excellent innings Thursday, but the Myrtle [more]

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silver

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silverThe frontrunners in this year's My Horry News All-County Girls [more]

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World Cup

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World CupAmerican soccer fans don't have a rooting interest in this [more]

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streak

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streakThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin the second half of the [more]

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star Game

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star GameA pair of Myrtle Beach Pelicans played key roles in [more]

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-South

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-SouthA pair of former teammates and rivals joined forces for [more]

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finale

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finaleThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped their final game of the [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for club

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for clubIf things had worked out differently, Myrtle Beach High senior [more]

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of Omaha

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of OmahaThe University of South Carolina baseball team saw its season [more]

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star team

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star teamMyrtle Beach catcher Jhonny Pereda, right-hander Tyler Peyton and infielder [more]

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach