Lady Chiefs bump Hanahan to reach Lower State Final

The North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team began its 2012 season with the goal of reaching the state championship match.

Following Monday night’s 3-0 sweep of visiting Hanahan, the Lady Chiefs are just one victory away from reaching that goal.

The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Lady Chiefs had to wait more than 30 minutes for the Lady Hawks to arrive for the Lower State semifinal due to a broken-down bus.

As it turns out, that was just the beginning of the problems for the Lady Hawks, who ran into an eager and hungry North Myrtle Beach squad.

The Lady Chiefs (28-1) rolled to a 25-10 win in the first set, but found themselves embroiled in a tight battle in the second. Tied at 14-all, NMB’s Moriah Jones served 10 consecutive points for a 25-14 victory.

In a back-and-forth third set, North Myrtle Beach senior Presley Fullum came off bench to post four kills and jump start the Lady Chiefs to a 25-23 win that clinched the match and sent North Myrtle Beach to the Lower State Final.

The Lady Chiefs diminated the front line against the Lady Hawks, with Taylor Allman posting 19 kills, Ellen Johnson adding 15 kills and Marci Chestnut with seven kills. Tara Hix led the team with 26 assists and Madison Treece had 18 assists. Jones finished with 30 digs and 14 service points with three aces.

North Myrtle Beach will travel for the first time this postseason to play in the Lower State Final at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Columbia at second-seeded Airport, which defeated No. 1-seeded Hilton Head 3-2.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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