Lady Chiefs one win away from state championship

It has been an exciting year for the 29-1 North Myrtle Beach Lady Chiefs volleyball team. One more win and the excitement will turn into sheer joy and the school’s first state championship in the sport.

“Our girls are ready,” said NMB head coach Estelle Barentine. “We are not going there to be spectators. We are going there to win. They have worked hard and they are ready.”

2012 has been filled with outstanding serving, timely hitting and solid defense, according to Barentine. That has been evident in the statistics that her team is putting up game by game going into Saturday’s Class 3-A state championship match against Pickens at White Knoll High School.

“What we like to do is make statements,” said Barentine, adding how she wanted her players to attack their kill shots. “You have got to make those. We have to play to win. We can’t play not to lose.”

Leading the way for the Lady Chiefs is senior captain Taylor Allman, an All-State and North-South All-Star selection, has 330 kills this season for a 45 percent hitting average. She has 20 blocks, 164 serves and 22 aces for a 95 percent rate on her serve.

Fellow senior captain Moriah Jones, who plays libero for the Lady Chiefs, is also an All-State performer and North-South All-Star game selection. She has totaled 442 digs while receiving 201 serves. She has plans to play in college at Tusculum.

Junior setter Tara Hix has passed out 502 assists on the season. She is second on the team in serving with 312 serves and 46 aces for a 97 percent serve rate.

Ellen Johnson, junior hitter, has 179 kills for a 30 percent hitting average. She leads the team with 340 serves and 51 aces and she has only missed three serves this season.

With one more win, the Lady Chiefs would capture the school’s first state title in volleyball, their goal since Day One this season. They certainly have the numbers and some heavy hitters on their side.

Photo by Digital Magic Photography

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