CF battles to win trimatch; CA scores upset over NMB

cambvolley-atnmbCarolina Forest escaped with a pair of hard-fought victories in a trimatch with Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach and host North Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

The Lady Panthers (4-0) needed three sets to dispatch their county rivals but came up with big third sets when they needed them most for their second trimatch sweep of the week.

Class 4A Carolina Forest got a quick wake-up call from the defending SCISA Class A state champion Christian Academy, which scored an inspired 25-14 win over Carolina Forest in the first set. But the Lady Panthers rallied for a 25-23 win in the second and put it away with a convincing 25-11 win in the final set.

The Lady Panthers faced another tough test against the two-time Class 3A finalist Lady Chiefs. Carolina Forest scored a 25-11 win in the opener before North Myrtle Beach leveled it with a 25-22 victory. The Lady Panthers took the last set 25-20 to stay undefeated on the season.

Leading Carolina Forest in the NMB win was Ellissa Smalls with 13 kills and seven service points, Alexis Tomlin with seven kills and 13 digs, and Megan Poplin 25 assists and nine digs. Against CAMB, Smalls had six kills and 10 service points, Tomlin with eight kills and 12 digs, and Poplin with 25 assists.

Christian Academy scored its second win over a local Class 3A public school this week by defeating North Myrtle Beach 2-0. The Lady Saints prevailed 25-14 and 25-20 to earn the sweep.

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