Lady Chiefs sweep Airport, earn rematch for state title

nmbvolley-14spikeThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team is one step away from repeating as Class 3A state champions.

The Lady Chiefs (23-2) scored a 3-0 sweep over visiting Airport in the Lower State Championship on Wednesday night, beating the Lady Eagles 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 to set up a rematch in Saturday’s state title match.

“We lost so much last year, we knew it would be a rebuilding year, but they went out and worked hard,” said first-year coach Erica Allman. “They are amazing ladies, they have a great work ethic and they knew what it took to get back here.”

The Lady Chiefs will face Pickens, which defeated Chapin 3-1 in the Upper State Championship. The two teams will square off for the state title again at White Knoll High School at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

North Myrtle Beach got a banner night from the front-line duo of Marci Chestnut (16 kills) and Ellen Johnson (15 kills). Tara Hix had 27 assists and Lauren Linta made 25 digs to lead the Lady Chiefs.

“Our passing was there again, without that we wouldn’t have been able to execute on our side of the ball,” Allman said. “I told the girls, ‘They aren’t making any mistakes, we can’t make the mistakes. It’s going to be a tough battle. The team that shows up ready to play and execute is going win,’ and luckily that was us tonight.”

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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