Carolina Forest completes region sweep, eyes playoffs

Carolina Forest wrapped up its third consecutive Region VIII-AAAA title on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win over South Florence.

But unlike the previous two seasons, the Panthers did more than just win the region; they swept it. Carolina Forest did not lose a single game in region play this season.

“This year we dominated the region,” said Carolina Forest coach Brittany Drew. “We won all of our matches 3-0 and didn’t lose a single game, so we definitely dominated.”

The Lady Panthers (15-9 overall, 8-0 region) have won more regular season game – a Tuesday tune-up against Pee Dee Academy – before learning their first-round playoff opponent, which will likely be Irmo on Oct. 25.

Led by seniors Sara Bane and Katie Davis, the Lady Panthers hope to have the leadership and talent to take the next step this postseason. The duo has combined for 386 kills, 176 digs and 64 aces this season and are up for all-region honors.

Despite their streak of success in region play, the Lady Panthers have been upset in the first round of the playoffs the past two seasons, so they are hoping the third time is a charm.

“We will have home advantage at least starting out, but we have been knocked out in the first round the past two years so we’re looking to change that,” Drew said.

Photo courtesy of CFHS Athletics

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