Lady Chiefs run region table to stay on course for repeat

The North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team came into the 2013 season looking to defend its Class 3A state championship. As the postseason gets under way, the Lady Chiefs appear well on their way.

North Myrtle Beach completed a sweep of the Region 7-3A regular season and tournament on Tuesday night, defeating Socastee 3-1 on its own home court to remain a perfect 12-0 against region opponents.

“For me it was nerve-racking in every region game because they went undefeated in the region last year,” said first-year NMB coach Erica Allman, who replaced longtime coach Estelle Barentine.

“I only want to do the program justice with what they’ve done in the past. To go in and drop a game in the region, people would say we went down from last year and I never wanted that to happen.”

The No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Lady Chiefs scored a 25-15, 25-17, 26-28, 27-25 victory over the No. 3 Lady Braves, who knocked off No. 2 Myrtle Beach in the semifinals 25-21, 25-17. North Myrtle Beach defeated No. 4 St. James in the other semifinal, 25-17, 25-17.

North Myrtle Beach’s Marci Chestnut earned co-Most Outstanding Player honors with a two-game total of 27 kills. Tara Hix had 42 assists, Ellen Johnson added 15 kills and Jordan Treece has 14 kills.

Socastee’s Dale Rogers shared co-MOP honors with 13 kills, and teammate Anna Marie Guest added 14 kills. Katelyn Hine made 23 assists and Katherine Hall contributed 18 assists.

North Myrtle Beach enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and the other three semifinalists also qualify for the postseason. The tournament pairings and schedule will be released this week.

Photo courtesy of Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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