Conway wins; Socastee, CF lose in extended tiebreakers

Monday’s Grand Strand volleyball action was so close that even the tiebreakers required tiebreakers.

Conway took a hard-fought 3-2 decision over rival Socastee by virtue of a 17-15 win in the deciding game with the first-to-15, win-by-two format, while Waccamaw did the same to Carolina Forest with a 16-14 edge in the tiebreaker.

The Lady Tigers (4-2) captured close 25-22 and 28-26 wins in the first two games before the Lady Braves (2-3) battled back for victories of 15-25 and 22-25. Conway killed Socastee’s momentum in the fifth game.

Conway seniors Ryley Hughes had 27 assists and Bridgette Harper added 11 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Kailey Williams had nine kills, including three in the tiebreaker) and two blocks. Juniors Madison Gore had seven kills and 21 digs and Madison Calder added 15 digs.

Socastee was led by Jessica Haugen and Katherine Hall, who went a combined 32-for-32 with eight aces. Anna Marie Guest added seven kills, six aces and two blocks while Dale Rogers had 10 kills. The Lady Braves served 24 aces in all.

The same drama was unfolding in Pawleys Island, where the Lady Panthers couldn’t close out the deciding game with the Lady Warriors.

Waccamaw won a hard-fought opener 31-29 before falling 16-25 in the second game. The Lady Warriors answered with a 25-22 win, a 19-25 loss, then a 16-14 match-winner to send the Lady Panthers home unhappy.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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