Lady Saints rally to advance to SCISA state tourney final

cambvol-celebrateThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach volleyball team advanced to the SCISA Class A-AA state finals Saturday by rallying past Thomas Sumter Academy 2-1 in the state tournament.

After Thomas Sumter scored a hard-fought 29-27 opening set, the Lady Saints responded with a 25-23 win in the second set and a dominating 25-15 victory in the third-set tiebreaker to move on to Tuesday’s state title showdown against Spartanburg Christian.

Christian Academy got a standout performance from Julia Markley with 15 kills and two aces, and Natalia Antonucci added nine kills. two aces. Natalie Markley tallied 15 assists and had a pair of aces.

The state tournament, which started Friday, saw the Lady Saints eliminate Spartanburg Day 25-20, 25-19; and Shannon Forrest 25-22, 25-23 to come out of the losers’ bracket. They lost to Spartanburg Day 25-18, 25-18 in the third round. They won the first two rounds over Lee Academy 25-14, 25-22; and Hilton Head Christian 17-25, 25-16, 25-10.

The rematch with Spartaburg Christian will be played at Cardinal Newman in Columbia at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with the state crown on the line.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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