Lady Saints rally in fifth-set tiebreaker to win state title

Losing last year’s SCISA Class A state volleyball championship paid big dividends for the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach team Monday night.

When faced with the prospects of suffering through another year of wonder “What if?”, the Lady Saints found the strength to win a deciding fifth-set tiebreaker and claim the state title over Cathedral Academy in a rematch of the 2012 finals.

CAMB controlled the match early and appeared to be on its way to a relatively easy win after taking the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17. But the Lady Generals proved to be a stingy defending champion and rallied back to take the third and fourth sets, 25-23, 25-15.

With the Lady Saints on the ropes and their season hanging in the balance, they rose up and rallied for a 16-14 victory in overtime of the fifth set, touching off a celebration that has been a year in the making.

The Lady Saints (21-4) were led by Rebekah Bowers with 19 kills and Natalia Antonucci, with 21 kills and four aces. Claudia Markley had 45 assists and Caroline Gore made 27 digs.

The Lady Saints had this date marked on the calendar ever since leaving Sumter’s Wilson Hall with their runner-up trophy. This was their fourth win of the year over the Lady Generals and they haven’t lost to a SCISA foe since last year’s title match.

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