Lady Saints open new gym with hard-fought loss to MB

Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach played the first-ever volleyball game in the school’s new gymnasium on Wednesday, and it proved to be one for the record books.

Facing visiting public-school rival Myrtle Beach went toe-to-toe, the Lady Saints split four sets, three of them requiring extra play, before the Lady Seahawks escaped with the win, 25-27, 25-20, 24-26, 27-25 and 15-6.

Gracie Davis led the Lady Seahawks with 13 kills and six blocks. Shelby Sheets added 12 kills, Nikki Uzzel had 11 kills and three blocks, and Kate Fullwood served five aces.

Natalia Anotonucci led Christian Academy with 19 kills, followed by Rebekah Bowers with 15 kills. Claudia Markley had 26 assist on the night.

It was the second straight season the showdown went five sets and lasted more than 2 hours. Last year Christian Academy came out on top in the budding public-private rivalry.

Christian Academy (1-1) returns to action on Friday against James Island Christian. Myrtle Beach (1-0) doesn’t play another regular-season contest until Sept. 16 against Carolina Forest.

Photo by Laura Doster Hildenbrandt

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