CF takes second, MB third at NMB Invitational tourney

For the second straight week area high school volleyball teams dominated local tournaments only to see the big prize go to teams outside the Grand Strand.

James Island won the Gold Division championship of the North Myrtle Beach invitational on Saturday, defeating a field of semifinalists made up of three local teams – runner-up Carolina Forest, Silver Bracket champion Myrtle Beach and Silver Bracket finalist North Myrtle Beach.

James Island swept Carolina Forest in the finals 3-0, but the tournament was filled with tight, exciting matches, including Myrtle Beach’s thrilling 25-22, 17-25, 25-11, 25-14 win over North Myrtle Beach in the consolation championship. Gracie Davis had 13 kills and two aces, Caroline Brophy added 11 kills, and Danni Hix had 29 assists and three kills to lead the Lady Seahawks.

Another all-local highlight included a pool-play match that saw the Lady Panthers take a 25-27, 25-17, 15-8 victory over Myrtle Beach in a rematch of last week’s semifinal of the Carolina Forest Invitational. Meghan DeVaux had 10 kills and 10 digs, Alexis Tomlin with seven kills and Fallon Tomlin with 11 digs and six service points for the Lady Panthers, while Brophy had 11 kills and Hix had 20 assists, two aces and one kill for the Lady Seahawks.

Photo by Mark Sowers

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